Do you have asthma? You may be at higher risk for developing sleep apnea.
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin used data from the Wisconsin sleep cohort study (this is a group of about 1500 people who have been followed by researchers since 1988). They found that patients who had asthma were 1.7 times more likely to develop sleep apnea. The connection between asthma and sleep apnea was even stronger if the asthma was developed as a child. These patients were almost a two and a half times more likely to develop sleep apnea.
The researchers also discovered that the longer patients had asthma also affected their chances of developing sleep apnea. For every five years of asthma the chances of developing sleep apnea increased by 10%.
The vast majority of sleep apnea sufferers do not realize they have the disorder and have not been diagnosed. If you snore loudly, are overweight, have high blood pressure, diabetes or asthma you should be screened for obstructive sleep apnea. A common sign of sleep apnea is feeling extreme daytime sleepiness. If you nod off during movies, watching TV or even at stop lights you should seek testing for obstructive sleep apnea immediately. Untreated sleep apnea has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, mood disorders and certain cancers.
Please contact Columbus sleep apnea dentist Dr. Mark Levy today at 614-476-6696 to discuss testing for sleep apnea and to discover whether oral appliance therapy is the right treatment for you.