Bons wrote:If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems including:
High blood pressure
Heart failure, irregular heart beats, and heart attacks
Worsening of ADHD
In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities, such as at work and school, motor vehicle crashes, as well as academic underachievement in children and adolescents.
People can and do die from sleep apnea. Reggie White (football player) is perhaps the best known example of this. Every night that you sleep without the cpap can cause problems with blood pressure as your struggles to keep itself oxygenated. Ever have to get up once or twice during the night to urninate? At your age, that's most likely due to the apnea and your low oxygen saturation. Heart damage doesn't come automatically, but builds up over time, and every night without the pap has that potential for damage.
WILL you die? Odds are low on any given night.. CAN you die? Yes. Are you likely to die over time if treatment isn't consistant? Good possibility. Would your girlfriend rather deal with your cpap or risk waking up to a dead body in her bed?
CPAP's are not fun. But you will bond with it over time!
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