Risk to performance is huge, Risk to Life is even greater.
Stats have not changed in decades; in 2009 a study by Mayo Clinic, found that 46% of players in the NFL and 60% of linemen suffer from sleep apnea. The New England Journal of Medicine 52 players from eight randomly selected NFL teams. The study concluded that obstructive sleep apnea was approximately five times higher in these subjects than in similarly aged adults undergoing the same testing.
Untreated Sleep Apnea impacts performance and mental health. Poor sleep is associated with decreased cognitive impairment, decreased reaction time, and increased risk of accident and injury. Untreated sleep apnea is also associated with decreasing life expectancy by 12-15 years. 80% of nocturnal strokes are attributed to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA); untreated OSA has a 10x increase in automobile accident risk. According to Cleveland Clinical Journal of Medicine, the prevalence of sleep apnea in patients with atrial fibrillation is 50-80%. A 20-year study published in the American Academy of Sleep Medicine determined that people with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea were 4x more likely to die from stroke, and 3x more likely to die from cancer, and 2.5 times more likely to develop cancer, while suicide ideation increase ~2.5x.
Ryan Jensen, a professional football player and spokesperson for BleepSleep.com has benefited greatly from his sleep apnea treatment. Ensure that the “Centers of Your Life” are tested and treated. BleepSleep.com offers a “Game Changer” in treatment. Visit BleepSleep.com for more information or talk to your doctor today.