There have been many studies conducted that have looked at the effects of obstructive sleep apnea
(OSA) on the adult population. When compared to matched individuals that do not suffer from OSA, patients are more likely to have increases in weight gain and high blood pressure
. It has also been shown that OSA can lead to symptoms of daytime fatigue, as OSA interrupts the normal amount of deep sleep the body needs to recharge at night. As a result of this process, patients are at risk of falling asleep at random times during the day, including while driving.
Fortunately, there are treatments that exist for OSA. You should talk with your primary care physician
about your concerns. You can be referred for an outpatient sleep study, where you can sleep and have different values monitored, such as heart rate, breathing rate, pauses in breathing, brain activity, oxygen levels, and blood pressure. If you are diagnosed with OSA, you can be fitted with a breathing mask or nasal device which can deliver positive-pressure air at a continuous rate and help you overcome the difficulties caused by your sleep apnea.