Sleep Apnea and the Impact of Insufficient Sleep

Getting enough sleep can be a difficult task. Whether due to work, stress, life, or travel, sleep deprivation can worsen your quality-of-life and lead to lasting issues with your health. For many, a few more hours of sleep per week can create a positive impact. For those suffering from sleep apnea, however, proper treatment is necessary. In this article, we explore the impact that insufficient sleep can have on you, and how to combat it.

Symptoms of Sleep Deprivation

Whether you are suffering from sleep apnea or simply not allowing enough time for rest, you may experience a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Excessive daytime drowsiness
  • Experiencing microsleeps, or brief episodes of sleep while awake
  • Feeling tired even when waking up from a full night’s rest
  • Mood swings, fatigue, or weight gain
  • Depression

The Impact on Your Health and Daily Life

Sleep deprivation can pose a number of risks to your daily life. Research has shown that poor sleep on a habitual basis can lead to issues such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. In addition, your immune function can be disrupted, leaving you vulnerable to illness.

The immediate symptoms of sleep deprivation can also play a role in your work and daily life through reduced perception, judgement, and attention. This can lead to a loss in productivity at work, or even play into the safety of yourself and others while driving.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

If you suffer from sleep apnea and the insufficient sleep that it brings to your life, then know that you have options. Effective treatment begins with a simple visit for a screening. If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), we can provide comfortable appliances that help keep your airway open during sleep. This can help improve the quality of your sleep and your overall health by lowering blood pressure, reducing diabetic complications, and improving daytime energy or stamina.

Don’t let sleep apnea control your life. Contact our team today to schedule a consultation today.