For those who suffer from sleep apnea, you already know that you are losing out on sleep because your breathing is repeatedly interrupted each night. But the hard part is, not everyone knows they suffer from sleep apnea unless their bed partner notices. What you will notice, though, is the effect it has on your body. If you don’t get treatment it can put you at an increased risk for other severe health issues such severe COVID-19.
Why you’re at an increased risk for severe COVID-19
When you experience interrupted breathing from sleep apnea, it can cause less oxygen in your bloodstream. In turn, this can lead to many health issues down the line. In fact, it can weaken your immune system which is a major red flag as we continue to navigate this pandemic.
We know that our bodies produce proteins called cytokines that are important for fighting infections, but interrupted sleep caused by sleep apnea means you will have fewer cytokines and disease fighting antibodies. This prevents your body from being able to fight off SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, as well as other viruses. And if you are over the age of 65, not only are you more likely to suffer from sleep apnea, but that could make COVID-19 even more severe.
Contact us at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to learn more about sleep apnea and what treatment options might work to restore your sleep and minimize your risk for severe COVID-19.