High blood pressure and sleep apnea go hand in hand—they’re a dangerous pair. Research suggests that anywhere from 30-50% of people with high blood pressure have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), too. Sleep apnea has been shown to increase a person’s risk for high blood pressure, while high blood pressure can cause sleep apnea or worsen breathing in those already affected by sleep apnea. Also known as the “silent killer,” high blood pressure can lead to further complications.

The Connection

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can contribute to high blood pressure in people who have it due to the frequency of waking up at nighttime. Because of this, hormonal systems go into overdrive, which results in high blood pressure levels. The sudden drops in blood-oxygen levels that occur during sleep apnea episodes increase blood pressure and place a strain on your cardiovascular system.

However, sleep apnea is much more common in patients with resistant hypertension, who have tried a variety of high blood pressure treatment, but can’t seem to get their condition under control. Resistant hypertension is a major public health issue that needs to be addressed. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to serious complications, which means you need to do something about it right away—don’t wait a day longer.

Treating Sleep Apnea

The good news is that treatment of sleep apnea may help in lowering blood pressure levels. With oral appliance therapy, Dr. Foster can help you get a better night’s sleep once again. An oral appliance helps promote normal breathing during sleep by preventing a person’s tongue from falling to the back of their through. Through proper treatment of sleep apnea in Warrenton with an oral appliance, you can experience the benefits of lowered blood pressure levels.

To learn more about sleep apnea and its connection to high blood pressure, contact Dr. Bonnie Foster in Warrenton, VA.