Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sleep Apnea Related Diseases and Conditions

I've written about some links between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and a few medical conditions in previous blogs. Please read them for a more comprehensive understanding.

This week I am simply listing conditions that are directly or indirectly linked to sleep apnea. This is certainly not a comprehensive list:

  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Hypertension
  • ALS
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Anxiety
  • Fatty Liver (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease)
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • TMJ
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Heart attack
  • Sexual dysfunction (in men and women)
  • Abnormal Heart Rhythm
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Seizures
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)
  • Insomnia
  • Snoring
  • Sinusitis
  • Narcolepsy
  • Scars
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Sleep walking
  • Bedwetting
  • Nightmares
  • Headaches
  • Side effects (from medications taken for any of these conditions)
  • Work related accidents
  • Car accidents and other transportation accidents
  • Parkinson's Disease

These problems develop from either a lack of oxygen or from improper regulation of certain biochemicals.

It's easy to understand how a lack of oxygen can lead to problems. It's less obvious when we look at biochemical regulation. We need to reach deep levels of sleep at least 20% of the night to properly regulate all of the body's biochemicals. If we have unbalanced biochemicals, we develop some of these conditions. 

The processes tend to be quite complicated. Although we know much about these links, there is still much more to know.

If you suffer from any of these conditions, a sleep study will confirm if you also suffer from sleep apnea. This must be investigated if you wish to optimally address your concerns.

Dr. Cisneros maintains a practice in Freeburg and Columbia, IL. Both are in the Greater St Louis, MO area. For more information on a wide variety of subjects, please visit

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