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Can Sleep Apnea Cause Chronic Inflammation?

Can Sleep Apnea Cause Chronic Inflammation

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you may be wondering if there is a link between your sleep disorder and chronic inflammation. 

Researchers have concluded that obstructive sleep apnea should be classified as a low-grade chronic inflammatory disease after proving that sleep apnea causes a persistent low-intensity inflammatory state.

With this, we will provide more information about why chronic inflammation is tied to sleep apnea, the health problems associated with it, and how you can lower your risk of developing chronic inflammation. So let’s get started.

What is Chronic Inflammation?

Chronic inflammation is a long-term inflammatory state caused by diseases or injury. The body’s immune system becomes overactive and begins to attack its tissues. This can result from an infection, a chronic disease such as obesity or diabetes, or exposure to environmental toxins. Chronic inflammation can make Arthritis worse of the knee joint osteoarthritis is a serious, painful disease that can get worse with age as well as poor sleep. Osteoarthritis is the most common type, and you can get it in one or both knees. Arthritis can make it difficult to sleep, but sleep deprivation can also worsen arthritis pain

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. These pauses can last for seconds and occur up to 30 times an hour. This can lead to a lack of restful sleep and excessive daytime fatigue.

Sleep apnea is a common disorder, affecting up to one-third of adults. It is more prevalent in men and obese individuals.

Does Sleep Apnea Cause Chronic Inflammation?

Research suggests that there is a strong relationship between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and chronic inflammation. OSA is a common disorder that occurs when the muscles in the throat relax during sleep, which can cause the airway to become blocked.

This leads to interrupted breathing, which causes the body to release stress hormones such as cortisol, and chronic exposure to these stress hormones can cause inflammation.

Chronic inflammation has been linked to severe health problems such as the increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It is also thought to play a role in developing chronic diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Chronic inflammation can also cause fatigue and body pain because the body continually sends inflammatory cells to the injury or infection. An example of it is the rheumatoid arthritis inflammatory cell attacking the joints. People with chronic inflammation tend to suffer from long-term body and joint pain.

If you are experiencing body or joint pain, especially in your knees or shoulder. You may visit Knee Force and Shoulder Savvy’s websites for more information on how to ease the pain.

The Difference Between Acute and Chronic Inflammation

Acute inflammation is a short-term inflammatory response initiated by the body to fight infection or injury. It is characterized by an influx of white blood cells and other immune mediators into the affected tissues. This leads to the destruction of any invading organisms or damaged cells. The inflammation resolves once the infection or injury has been fixed.

On the other hand, chronic inflammation is a long-term inflammatory state that is caused by diseases or injury. When left unchecked, it can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and even death.

It is now believed that chronic inflammation may be a critical factor in developing many serious diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.

What Can You Do to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Chronic Inflammation?

If you have sleep apnea, you can do a few things to reduce your risk of developing chronic inflammation.

  • First, make sure you follow your doctor’s treatment plan for sleep apnea. This may include using a CPAP machine or other therapies.

Most people suffering from sleep apnea are prescribed to use a CPAP machine. However, there are other alternatives, such as oral appliance therapy.

  • Second, make healthy lifestyle choices. Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.

Obesity is a major risk factor for sleep apnea and chronic inflammation. Losing weight can help reduce your risk of both conditions.

Having enough sleep is also important. Make sure you get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night to help reduce your risk of chronic inflammation.

  • Third, avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are two behaviours that can increase your risk of developing chronic inflammation. This is because both smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can damage the cells in your body, leading to an inflammatory response. It is crucial to avoid these behaviours if you want to reduce your risk of developing chronic inflammation.


Chronic inflammation is a serious health condition that can lead to the development of many serious diseases. It is important to be aware of the risks factors for chronic inflammation and take steps to reduce your risk.

If you have sleep apnea, make sure you follow your doctor’s treatment plan and make healthy lifestyle choices. Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, and be sure to get enough sleep each night. These steps can help reduce your risk of developing chronic inflammation.

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