Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that should not be left untreated. It is extremely unfortunate that millions of people are living with this disorder, but do not have it diagnosed and treated. There are many devastating long-term effects that can occur when sleep apnea is neglected.
Because Sleep apnea disrupts sleep and inhibits the ability to reach and stay in deep sleep throughout the night, the most obvious and common side effect is fatigue. If you have this condition, you will likely wake in the morning feeling extremely groggy, sometimes with a headache.
Throughout the day, you can experience extreme sleepiness and difficulty going about your daily activities and responsibilities. Making it through a workday can be difficult, especially since your lack of sleep can also cause you to be irritable and depressed. These in turn can lead to other problems such as poor performance reviews at work and decreased social life due to the fact that you are just too tired to interact with others. This is not a long-term lifestyle that anyone should have to endure.