Sleep apnea can be a fatal condition when left untreated. This is because sleep apnea sufferers are at a higher risk for getting cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and stroke, as well as being in a car accident due to daytime fatigue. According to one study, the risk of dying from complications brought about by sleep apnea is two to five times higher than in people that don't have sleep apnea.
- Sleep apnea is most common in men.
- Sleep apnea causes a person to stop breathing during sleep for about 20 to 30 seconds at a time, up to 30 times in an hour.
- Sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure.