How important is getting enough sleep in your life? Do you even consider it when you think of all the things you have to get done in a day? Probably not. After all, you’re pretty busy with lots of items on your to-do list, but making sure you’re getting both enough and good quality sleep should be a priority. Want to learn why? Read on!
Lack of Sleep Can Lead to Serious Problems
When you’re not getting enough sleep or getting a good nights rest, you are actually at a higher risk of developing health issues such as cardiac problems, metabolic disorders, dementia and cognitive dysfunction. It can also contribute to weight gain and even mood conditions, such as depression and anxiety.
How Much Sleep Do You Need?
Experts recommend that the average adult should get between seven to nine hours a night.
What Causes Lack of Sleep?
Many things can contribute to getting less sleep, but one common factor is a sleep breathing disorder obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is estimated to affect more than 22 million Americans, including children. OSA causes repeated interruptions to breathing during sleep. When you don’t get enough oxygen, your body cannot get rest and repair of tissues and organs. This rest is critical for health.
What Are the Signs of Sleep Apnea?
-The most common signs of sleep apnea include:
-Gasping or choking during sleep
-Dry mouth or dry, sore throat upon waking
-Daytime fatigue, despite “getting enough sleep”
-Feeling tired while driving
-Headaches and migraines, especially in the morning
-Getting up to urinate during the night
-Bedwetting in children past the age of potty-training
-Forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating
-Changes in mood, depression and anxiety
-Changes in libido
Do you see the signs of sleep apnea? Do you feel like you’re not “rested” even after getting “a good night’s sleep”? If so, it’s time to call Face ForWard Orthodontics at 214-304-8485 to schedule a consultation. We can treat sleep breathing disorders in both adults and children.