According to the National Institute of Health, sleep apnea is a chronic disorder where you have pauses in breathing while you sleep that can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Sleep apnea disrupts your sleep, which makes you tired during the day. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious and life-shortening consequences, including: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, automobile accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel, diabetes, and depression.
Sleep apnea can also render you disabled from working. I represent a 55 year old mechanic with sleep apnea, whose Social Security Disability application was approved today less than four months after I filed it. A polysomnogram provided objective diagnostic evidence to support the sleep specialist’s opinion that the claimant could not work due to sleep apnea. The doctor explained that the resultant fatigue caused the claimant’s restrictions and limitations, which precluded even a full range of sedentary work.