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How Untreated Sleep Apnea Can Damage Your Health

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Did you know that more than half of the people with significant sleep disorders are not properly diagnosed and treated for their conditions? The National Academy of Sciences published a report in 2006 that estimated between 50 and 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders. One of the most common sleep disorders is sleep apnea.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Apnea means a temporary cessation of breathing, so sleep apnea is when breathing stops temporarily during sleep. The most common type is caused when airflow through the throat is obstructed, thus the name: obstructive sleep apnea. Because your brain is wired to keep the air coming, it will wake you up when the flow is stopped. In the case of sleep apnea, these brief disruptions to your sleep can occur hundreds of times during the night. It is unlikely that you’ll remember them because of their brevity, but nonetheless, they really mess with your sleep cycle.

What Are Some Signs You Have Sleep Apnea?

If you wake up tired every morning, even after you’ve technically been sleeping for 8 hours, you may have sleep apnea. Dry mouth and a headache first thing in the morning could be signs of a sleep disorder. Drowsiness and difficulty staying awake and/or concentrating on tasks during the day are also signs. Another big indicator is loud snoring. You may not know if you snore but unless you live alone, someone else can certainly answer that question for you.

How Can It Damage Your Health?

Untreated sleep apnea can be harmful to your health in a number of ways. First, there are many problems associated with being tired all of the time. These include increased risk of accident, injury, poor judgment, bad decisions, low productivity, increased irritability, and depression. Health problems associated with insufficient sleep include greater risk of stroke, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart attack. Additionally, regular oxygen deprivation caused by disrupted breathing puts additional strain on the heart.

Sleep Apnea Treatment at South Texas Smiles

Don’t let your physical and mental health suffer from untreated sleep apnea. Call us today for a consultation at South Texas Smiles. Our team wants to help you get a better night’s sleep! We can create a personalized treatment plan that will offer you a solution to your sleep troubles.

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