According to some sources, Jerry Garcia–the legendary frontman for the Grateful Dead–suffered from obstructive sleep apnea. In fact, his fatal heart attack back in the summer of 1995 may have actually been due (in part at least) to this dangerous condition.
It’s no secret that, if left undiagnosed and/or untreated, sleep apnea can destroy your health. Besides the extra stress placed on your body due to not getting enough quality sleep, the lack of oxygen when you do sleep is a big concern. Hypoxemia (lack of oxygen in the blood) can be linked to high blood pressure and other cardiovascular complications. And get this: sleep apnea can also lead to type 2 diabetes, liver problems, daytime fatigue, and other total-system issues. Plus, like we said, in extreme cases it can even lead to death.
In Jerry’s honor, we have included a classic video link for your listening pleasure. We just hope that if you or your partner needs help managing sleep apnea symptoms, you will take it seriously enough to contact Dream Dentistry & Sleep Care today! We can set you up with a sleep apnea appliance that pulls the lower jaw forward to open up the airways during sleep and restricts the tongue from blocking the airways. This will help with the snoring and allow you to finally end your sleep apnea nightmare!