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Sleep Breathing Disorders- Risk Factors & Consequences

Different forms of sleeping disorders are categorized together as SBD's. These include Sleep Apnea, Snoring and UARS.

Risk Factors for Sleep Breathing Disorder

Risk factors for SBD's are body weight, gender, hypertension and age. Overweight (not necessarily obese) men, 40 and older with high blood pressure are the group most likely suffering from SBD's. However, SBD's can affect anyone at any age. Children suffer from SBD's due to enlarged tonsils and narrow dental arches. Down's syndrome individuals are also at a higher risk.

Complications of Sleep Breathing Disorders

While the consequences and complications associated with sleep apnea are more severe than snoring alone, there is quite a bit of overlap. 

Medically speaking, there are some serious consequences including:

Cardiovascular Disease (e.g. Heart attack)
Weight Gain
Alzheimer's, Parkinson's
Cognitive changes
Gastro-intestinal Disorders (GERD)
Arthritis or other chronic pain

Interestingly, most of the medical conditions mentioned above are on the list for the top 15  leading causes of death in the United States as reported by the CDC article. In fact, Cardiovascular disease and stroke are #1 and #3 on the list of the leading cause of death accounting for nearly 35% of all deaths in the US.

When we add up the percentages of death attributable to all the diseases, we see that medical consequences of untreated SBD's make up over 50% of all death in the the US alone.

Medical consequences and complications aside, there are serious social and developmental complications as well.

A child with SBD often gets labeled as an A.D.D. child! These children do not need medication to make them sit still, they need some sound sleep! They are overly sleep deprived. Often, children with SBD's have more accidents in bed at nighttime. Concentration is affected at school. The child becomes irritable and aggressive and falls further behind in his or her development and learning.

In adults, relation with the partner is often strained due to the "noise" factor. Sleeping next to someone who snores loud is just not fun! 

Due to this lack of restful sleep, the adult wakes up essentially groggy. Performance at work suffers because the brain is still sleeping. Pumping in caffeine only masks the problem temporarily.

Another huge problem is accidents related to SBD's. People with SBD fall sleep during the day at work, while driving and anytime while sitting still for extended periods of time. Falling sleep behind the wheel of your car can pose serious threat to your health and others (i.e. your family and other drivers).

The more you consider the many risks and hazards associated with SBD's it becomes clear that something needs to be done. And the research has shown that "the sooner, the better". Learn more about how to treat SBD's effectively and SBD treatment options.

Sonny Eslampour, DDS is a dentist with a sub-specialty in treatment of TMJ disorders and Sleep Apnea.
TMJ & Sleep Apnea Center
555 S Rancho Santa Fe Road, #100
San Marcos, CA 92078