Acıbadem Kozyatağı Hospital Chest Diseases and Sleep Specialist Prof. Dr. Ceyda Erel Kırışoğlu emphasizes that traffic accidents increase by 2-6 times, therefore, those who will drive on holiday should be careful.
Sleep apnea, which is a life-threatening disease with stopping or decreasing breathing tens or even hundreds of times during sleep, is seen in all age groups, but is common after the age of 40 in men and after menopause in women. Stating that sleep apnea can cause many serious diseases from fatigue to concentration disorders, from stroke to heart attack and even cancer, Acıbadem Kozyatağı Hospital Chest Diseases and Sleep Specialist Prof. Dr. Ceyda Erel Kırışoğlu emphasizes that traffic accidents increase by 2-6 times, therefore, those who will drive on vacation should be careful. prof. Dr. Ceyda Erel Kırışoğlu made important statements about the problems caused by this insidious disease and its treatment; He also shared a test consisting of 7 questions that will shed light on whether you have sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea, which is usually accompanied by snoring, and in which breathing starts for 10 seconds and stops for more than a minute, is a disease that has become increasingly common in the world and in our country in recent years. The risk of sleep apnea is much higher in people who are overweight, smoke and drink alcohol, and have a thick neck and waist circumference. Acıbadem Kozyatağı Hospital Chest Diseases and Sleep Specialist Prof. Dr. Ceyda Erel Kırışoğlu says, “A 10% increase in weight increases the risk of developing moderate to severe sleep apnea 6 times, while a waist circumference of more than 102 cm in men and 89 cm in women increases the risk”. While sleep apnea negatively affects daily life by causing many problems, especially fatigue, irritability and concentration disorder, it can lead to sudden death during sleep. Stating that those who will drive on holiday travel should be very careful, and if they have such problems, they should consult a doctor as soon as possible. Dr. Ceyda Erel Kırışoğlu “The studies carried out; It shows that sleep apnea causes a 2- to 6-fold increase in traffic accidents by causing excessive sleepiness, lack of attention and concentration disorders throughout the day," he says, emphasizing that the treatment should not be delayed.
From stroke to heart attack or even cancer
Stating that sleep apnea affects all systems of the body, it is life threatening if not treated. Dr. Ceyda Erel Kırışoğlu says: “Frequently repetitive decreases and increases in oxygen during sleep can lead to deterioration of heart rhythm, diseases such as hypertension, heart attack, stroke, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes. It causes low eyelid, increase in intraocular pressure, edema at the bottom of the eye, hearing loss, gingivitis, reflux, non-alcoholic fatty liver, resistant hypertension, tendency to clot in arteries and veins, decrease in sexual desire, and deterioration in sperm quality. It has been shown that 80 percent of patients with resistant hypertension are accompanied by sleep apnea. When sleep apnea is treated in these patients, blood pressure decreases and the number of blood pressure medication used decreases. While it can cause preterm labor and miscarriage in pregnant women, fibromyalgia patients often complain of poor sleep quality. In recent years, it has been shown that sleep apnea also plays a role in the development of cancer. It has been found to be associated with lung and colon cancer.