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What other problems can sleep apnea cause relative to excessive sleepiness?

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Sleep apnea can cause other problems, too, like wide swings in heart rate as well as a decrease in oxygen levels. It is associated with and the possible cause of other medical conditions such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Elevated hemoglobin, or thickened blood
  • Fatigue

SOURCES: 

News release, FDA.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “NINDS Hypersomnia Information Page.”

Medscape: “Management of Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Reviewed.”

eMedicine: “Primary Hypersomnia.” 

eMedicine: “Obstructive Sleep Apnea.” 

eMedicine: “Disorders that Disrupt Sleep (Parasomnias).”

National Sleep Foundation: “Fatigue and Excessive Sleepiness.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Depression and Sleep.”

Narcolepsy Network: “FAQ.”

RLS Foundation: “What Is RLS?” 

RLS Foundation: “FAQ.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 19, 2017

SOURCES: 

News release, FDA.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “NINDS Hypersomnia Information Page.”

Medscape: “Management of Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Reviewed.”

eMedicine: “Primary Hypersomnia.” 

eMedicine: “Obstructive Sleep Apnea.” 

eMedicine: “Disorders that Disrupt Sleep (Parasomnias).”

National Sleep Foundation: “Fatigue and Excessive Sleepiness.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Depression and Sleep.”

Narcolepsy Network: “FAQ.”

RLS Foundation: “What Is RLS?” 

RLS Foundation: “FAQ.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 19, 2017

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