OSA is significantly associated with a range of medical concerns, many of which can cause serious health complications. Patients with OSA typically have poorer physical and mental health, reduced overall wellbeing, concentration and memory.
Some of the other medical concerns that have a statistically significant association with OSA include:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Chronic bronchitis
- Heart attack and heart failure
- Anxiety-related disorders
- Erectile dysfunction
- Reduction in cognitive abilities
- Cardiovascular disease
When you have this condition, during your sleep your breath can become very shallow or you may even stop breathing – briefly. It can happen many times a night in some people, and each of these events are known as apnoeas (or hypopneas).