Sleep is a basic yet critical need of our bodies, just like food, water, and air. Sleep plays a vital role in maintaining good health and physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
Many people claim to get good sleep simply because they get 8+ hours per night. What they don’t realize is that the number of hours does not necessarily mean they are getting quality sleep. How many people have we heard say they slept all night, but still wake up tired? Or for those who can’t sleep and suffer from insomnia…ever wonder why they can’t sleep?
Sleep deficiency can not only lead to loss of productivity but can cause physical ailments such as high blood pressure and chronic pain, as well as mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. If you don't get enough sleep, sleep at the wrong times, or have poor quality sleep, you may feel daily fatigue and wake up every morning feeling like you never slept at all.
Sleep deficiency can dramatically affect your daily life. It can negatively affect work and school performance, driving acuity, personal relationships, and self-esteem. You may have difficulty concentrating, learning, and reacting. In any social situation, you might feel frustrated, irritated, or worried.
The signs and symptoms of sleep deficiency often present differently in children and adults.
Research studies show sleep loss can affect children in the following ways:
Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person repeatedly stops breathing while asleep. Sleep apnea is diagnosed with a sleep study. If you are suffering from any of the symptoms highlighted in this article, consider obtaining a sleep study. If this condition is left untreated, it can lead to other health problems such as high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, headaches or migraines, and heart disease to name a few. It can also exacerbate or bring on anxiety and depression.
The main types of sleep apnea are:
Obstructive sleep apnea is a very common form that occurs either when muscles of the throat relax or when a patient suffers from nasal obstruction which affects adequate airflow.
Central sleep apnea occurs when the muscles controlling breathing do not get proper signals from the brain.
Symptoms of sleep apnea:
If you suffer from some or many of the mentioned conditions, we are here to develop a successful treatment plan for you. If you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are CPAP intolerant, we can help. We utilize custom oral appliances to improve sleep quality and overall health. Schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about how we can help you reach optimum health and get you living and enjoying life again.
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