Sometimes you don’t sleep well and you get up the next morning still feeling tired. This is no more than a nuisance if it happens once in a while, but if you find yourself consistently having rough nights, it might be time to find the cause. Consistently poor sleep can be the result of a number of sleep disorders or a sign of underlying illness. One of the most common causes of poor sleep is treatable!
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
You have probably heard about sleep apnea — it’s discussed frequently as one cause of poor sleep. But what is it, really?
During sleep, people who suffer from sleep apnea actually stop breathing for short periods of time because air flow is interrupted. You might not realize that you are suffering from this condition. But if you have symptoms associated with OSA — like sleepiness during the day, headaches and moodiness, and even problems with memory — you could be a victim. Diagnosis is important, however, so that the correct treatment can be implemented.
OSA Is Associated With Other Medical Risks
Untreated OSA can contribute to the progression of other medical problems. For instance:
- Stroke and Heart Disease — Your risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack are up to three times greater if you have OSA.
- Premature Death — If you suffer from OSA, your risk of premature death increases by three times compared to someone who does not have the disease. In fact, OSA sufferers who survived a stroke had a 75% increased risk of early death, according to research.
- Dying While Sleeping — Heart attacks during the night happen more often to those with OSA. In 2005, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine cited a combination of low blood oxygen and high carbon dioxide levels that resulted from OSA, which caused blood pressure to rise. It also caused stress to the walls of the heart and disrupted heart rhythm.
- Additional Risks — There is an association between sleep apnea and increased risk of both diabetes and dementia. Victims also tend to suffer from pain and report diminished quality of living. Alarmingly, those with OSA have twice the risk of being involved in an accident while driving.
Steps You Can Take Now
If you are suffering from poor sleep and drowsy days and are ready to examine the cause, it’s time to contact us at Marcus Dental Practice. Once you have been diagnosed, we have treatments that will help you to return to restful nights and brighter days. We are conveniently located in The Loop in Downtown Chicago. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!