Should I bother treating my "mild" sleep apnea?
Simple Answer: Yes
Here's the why: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is nothing to take lightly. Testing positive with a minimum score of 5 is absolutely worth treating. Remember, your score is not how many events you have per night, it is how many events you have every hour that you sleep. Even in the mild range of 5 to 14 events per hour it can still greatly impact your health.
People who test positive for OSA have a greater risk of stroke and heart disease as well as many other serious and potentially life changing health conditions. Treating your OSA, no matter how mild it may be, will improve your overall health.
Many patients make the mistake that thinking just because they are mild on the spectrum of OSA that it isn't greatly impacting their lives. We've seen patients who test at the bare minimum 5 who end up getting treated and experience dramatic results. Perhaps it was patients who dealt with headaches and those were greatly reduced or went away all together. Or perhaps it was waking up tired and having fatigue that greatly improves because they decided to listen to their doctor and get treatment. The bottom line is, that treating this serious health condition is the advisable, smart, wise thing to do.
Think of it this way, if the doctor said you had a mild form of cancer; would it be best to treat it or ignore it? Or if they said you had mild heart disease; would it be best to treat it or ignore it? If they said you were borderline diabetic; would it be best to treat it or ignore it? You'd be amazed the difference treating even a "mild" case of OSA can impact your life.
If you have any other questions about treatment; we'd love to help you out and get you in touch with testing and treatment options that'll work for you.