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Sleep apnea increases your risk of dieing early

I have read studies linking sleep apnea to many health problems such as high blood pressure and blood glucose.

I was surprised to read in a study that severe sleep apnea increases the risk of dying early by 46%, by any cause!

Video: What is sleep apanea?

I found this video tells a compelling story as the man shares how sleep apnea affected his energy levels, mood, job and relationships. The video is produced by the American Sleep Apnea Association which has more videos you can view on sleep apnea.

The sleep apnea study

Researchers studied 6,441 men and women participating in the Sleep Heart Health Study for over an 8 year period. They were assessed for night-time breathing, sleep patterns and blood oxygen levels. They also had the number of pauses in breathing assessed that were severe enough to cause a 4% drop in blood oxygen saturation during each hour of sleep. By the end of the study 1047 people had died.

The results: Those who began the study with major sleep apnea were 46% more likely to die from any cause, regardless of age, sex, race, weight or smoking.

The risk was especially high for men aged 40 to 70 years with severe sleep disordered breathing. They were twice as likely to die from any cause as healthy men the same age.

The study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, were published in PloS Medicine Journal.

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