If you’ve been experiencing excessive daytime sleepiness and your partner informs you that you frequently snore loudly, you may wish to consider visiting a sleep center at your community hospital. These are symptoms of sleep apnea, a condition that can lead to serious complications. Fortunately, by working with a sleep specialist at your community hospital, you can manage your condition and reduce your risk of complications.
The connection between sleep apnea and weight gain appears to be a two-way street. Individuals who are overweight or obese are more likely to visit a community hospital because of sleep apnea, since the fatty deposits can obstruct respiration. However, failure to get enough restful sleep at night can also lead to weight gain because it imbalances hormone levels, triggering hunger.
The hormonal imbalances caused by sleep apnea can also contribute to high blood pressure, or hypertension. Additionally, the low blood oxygen levels in people with sleep apnea can contribute to high blood pressure. Fortunately, receiving treatment for sleep apnea at a community hospital may help manage blood pressure levels.
High blood pressure contributes to cardiovascular problems such as heart disease. Sleep apnea can increase your risk of heart disease in another way, however. Because of the interference with the flow of oxygen, the brain cannot as easily maintain the blood flow in the arteries and heart. Individuals with sleep apnea have a higher risk of suffering heart attacks in the middle of the night. Sleep apnea is also associated with a higher risk of atrial fibrillation and stroke.
The accredited Diagnostic Sleep Center at Memorial Hospital of Tampa provides state-of-the-art sleep disorder diagnostics and treatments. If you suspect you could have sleep apnea or another sleep disorder, call our hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (813) 873-6400 for a referral to a sleep specialist. We also invite Tampa-area residents to visit our community hospital on the Web for additional healthcare information.