Dr. Faryl Hart is passionate about helping people getting diagnosed and treated for possible obstructive sleep apnea. She was her first patient for an oral appliance to treat her obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a medical condition caused by your tongue and throat muscles relaxing which causes your airway to get smaller.
OSA affects your sleep, health and quality of life. OSA can have symptoms of snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness or interruption in breathing while sleeping.
Ninety per cent of loud snorers have OSA. If you have untreated OSA you can have an eight –ten times greater risk of a heart attack, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
The reason OSA affects your heart is that when you stop breathing throughout the night your heart has to work harder to get enough oxygen.
Lack of sleep could be more dangerous for women than men
According to a study from the University of Warwick performed by Michelle Miller, women who get less than eight hours of sleep a night are at higher risk of heart disease and heart-related problems than men with the same sleeping patterns.
Even one hour less causes significant changes in two markers that are predictive of future coronary heart disease and cardiovascular morbidity. Inflammatory mechanisms may play a role in the cardiovascular risk associated with sleep deprivation.
Further studies are required to determine the cause, but the results are indicative that sleeping eight hours per night appears to be optimal for health.