Sleep Apnea Increases Risk of Death

Moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea can increase the risk of coronary heart disease or death by 68 percent in men under the age of 70.

Obstructive sleep apnea consists of the frequent collapse of the airway during sleep, making it difficult for victims to breathe for periods lasting as long as 10 seconds. Those with a severe form of the disorder have at least 30 disruptions per hour.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

“These disruptions not only interfere with sleep, leaving the victim unusually tired the next day, but also reduce the amount of oxygen in the blood, which can impair the function of internal organs. An estimated 24 percent of adult men and 9 percent of adult women suffer from it.”

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