You might not associate sleep issues with heart disease. But sleep apnea—breathing interruptions that occur throughout the night—is linked to high blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythms that can raise your risk of heart attack.

According to the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute, more than 12 million adult Americans, and at least 10 percent of those over 65, have sleep apnea. Most go undiagnosed.

Symptoms are subtle but include:

  • sleepiness throughout the day,
  • morning headaches,
  • irritability and mood swings,
  • inability to concentrate,
  • dry throat upon waking and
  • frequent nighttime urination.

If you (or your sleep partner) suspect sleep apnea, call your doctor.

From our sister publication REMEDY's Healthy Living, Fall 2013

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 15 Aug 2013

Last Modified: 15 Aug 2013