Sometimes it may seem as if every chronic health concern can be traced back to untreated sleep apnea.
And in many ways, that's not an unrealistic conclusion, given what we know about sleep breathing disorders and how they systemically influence all the different biological processes we undergo as human beings.
But is it true that untreated sleep apnea can compromise the body so much that it creates the proper conditions for supporting the growth and spread of tumors?
Sleep is a whole-body process with a unique relationship to each and every system in the body. Poor sleep ultimately leads to system disruption, and with enough system disruption, all kinds of chronic disease can settle in and flourish.
Cancer seems to have a direct relationship to untreated sleep apnea, with some researchers suggesting that one of the main problems with sleep apnea—nocturnal intermittent hypoxia—is mostly to blame for the greater resistance by cancer cells to therapies (i.e. radiation).