Can Sleep Apnea Kill You?


If you’re suspicious that you’re suffering from sleep apnea, you might be wondering what the risks are and how serious sleep apnea actually is. While sleep apnea is often disregarded among patients as a common condition, scientists warn that this disorder comes with risks including an increased risk of death.

Some of the risks of sleep apnea (contributing to an early death) include…


Heart attacks

Recent research shows that those who suffer from sleep apnea and refuse to get treatment risk having a heart attack. Furthermore, those suffering from severe case of sleep apnea are 2 more times likely to suffer from a heart attack during the night.



Strokes are another risk factor of untreated sleep apnea, but the risk only increases throughout the years. Given this medical condition is mostly related to middle-aged males, its 3 more times likely they’ll suffer a stroke due to sleep apnea than other sleep apnea sufferers.


High Blood Pressure

Sleep apnea had always been related to high blood pressure, but recently, it was found that the risk increases with the combination of factors. So, while it’s not a key factor, high blood pressure is certainly not something you want to neglect when dealing with your sleep apnea symptoms.

Type 2 Diabetes

Another serious medical condition linked with sleep apnea is type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a disease which requires attention on its own, but recent studies show that suffering from sleep apnea is not only one of the causes of type 2 diabetes, but also a potentially lethal combination. The fact that sleep apnea contributes to the heightened insulin resistance is something which must be taken into the account as well.


Car accidents

Last but not least, vehicle accidents, and another possible accidents can be attributed to sleep apnea. Patients suffering from sleep apnea should avoid jobs which include driving until they get a proper treatment. This is mostly due to the fact they experience sleepiness while driving, increasing a risk of a possible car crash. Many trucking jobs will require sleep studies before hiring for this reason.


With all of this being said, sleep apnea probably won’t kill you on its own, but it’s not something to ignore as having it increases the risks of so many other health conditions (that do contribute to early mortality).  So, if you think you’re suffering from sleep apnea, it’s best to talk to a doctor. 


After all, better safe than sorry!