Nearly 300,000 Belgians suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. For 80% of them, no diagnosis was established and often they do not even realize they have it. However, the consequences inherent in such a disorder can sometimes have a major impact for the person.

According to the website of the Sleep Foundation, obstructive sleep apnea is the interruption of breathing for 10 seconds interruption accompanied by efforts at the inspiratory muscles. Central apnea is produced when one notices respiratory arrest, without the inspiratory muscles will make effort to make breathing.

Here, according to WebMd, a list of major adverse effects this sleep disorder can cause. These symptoms can however be mitigated through proper treatment against the syndrome.


If you already suffer, sleep apnea is likely to worsen. Waking up often during the night can intensely activate the hormonal system, increasing blood pressure. When we breathe badly during sleep, the oxygen level in the blood drops significantly, further empire the problem.

Disease cardiaque


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Toujours according to Web Md, individuals who suffer from sleep apnea are more prone to heart attack risk. The causes of this problem may be the lack of oxygen or the stress of frequent waking. A stroke and atrial fibrillation (heart rhythm disorder that multiplies by five the risk of stroke) are also consequences to this problem.

Sleep apnea disrupts the way the body processes oxygen, making it difficult for the brain to control blood flow of the arteries as well as its own control.

type 2 diabetes

sleep apnea is quite common in individuals with type 2 diabetes (80% suffer from sleep apnea).

the obesity increases the risk for both diseases. It has not yet been established explicit link between sleep apnea and type 2 diabetes, however, the fact of not getting enough sleep can prevent the body from using insulin as it should.

weight gain

weight gain increases the risk of suffering from sleep apnea and this condition makes it difficult thinning. In overweight individuals, fat can be deposited in the neck, blocking breathing during the night. In addition, sleep apnea can stimulate the secretion of ghrelin (digestive hormone that stimulates appetite), which leads to eating more sugar and carbohydrates.

the gastric reflux

There is no scientific evidence that sleep apnea causes heartburn. However, many are complaining about the inconvenience. Moreover, treating this problem improves symptoms associated with apnea.

Car accidents

When you feel tired, it runs the risk falling asleep at the wheel. Individuals with sleep apnea are five times more likely to suffer car accidents than those who sleep normally.