Losing Sleep is Risky
Your body requires regular, quality sleep in order to function properly, but millions of Americans do not get the sleep they need to feel and perform their best.
Losing sleep can ruin your day, leave you feeling drained, and cause irritability, but did you know that losing sleep on a regular basis can also put your health at risk? Sleep loss increases your risk for health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and mental impairment.
While daily challenges such as stress, a demanding lifestyle, and diet can contribute to your inability to fall or stay asleep, in many cases, undiagnosed sleep disorders cause chronic sleep deprivation. Your inability to sleep could also affect the sleep of your partner, causing them to have regular sleep disturbances.
One of the most common sleep disorders is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It is characterized by a blocked airway during sleep that triggers your brain to wake you frequently, sometimes hundreds of times per night. You may not consciously realize that you are waking frequently throughout the night. In fact, you may only experience symptoms of fatigue, poor judgment, or depression.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition and causes serious health conditions when left untreated. Fortunately, treatment is easier and more convenient than ever. In fact, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine suggests oral appliance therapy for mild to moderate cases of OSA. Your primary care doctor can refer you to an accredited sleep clinic for testing. Once you have your diagnosis, we welcome you to make an appointment and find out how we can help you get a better night’s sleep.
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