Did you know that over 40 million Americans are suffering from insomnia, sleep apnea or snoring?
It's estimated that only five percent of people with a sleep issue are being properly evaluated and diagnosed.
Snoring may seem to be innocuous, but it's a problem that should be addressed.
There are five attention-grabbing consequences that could result from you not getting a good night's rest.
5 surprising consequences:
1. Low testosterone and erectile dysfunction: Men who were treated for their sleep issues had improvement in sexual function and testosterone levels.
2. Car accidents: It's estimated that drowsiness plays a role in over 100,000 auto accidents each year.
3. Serious cardiac events: For people who have obstructive sleep apnea for four years, there's a 30 percent increased risk of having a heart attack.
4. Seizure activity: People with epilepsy are more likely to experience a recurrence of seizures when obstructive sleep apnea and snoring are present.
5. Stroke: The risk is increased by 60 percent for people with obstructive sleep apnea.
Barb Dehn, RN, is a practicing women’s health nurse practitioner, award winning author and a nationally recognized health expert. Nurse Barb explains the different variables that may be contributing to you having restless nights.