Results from Sleep Loss
Sleep loss, no matter what the cause, is a serious issue. Your body sleeps so that it can repair, regenerate and heal. Sleep also provides you with the mental clarity and focus required to get through the day. Without it, you’ll find yourself suffering all kinds of negative health issues, including physical and psychological difficulties. Sleep apnea, one of the most common and least-treated disorders that causes sleep deprivation, can be extremely dangerous. This disorder can lead to cardiovascular disease, an increased risk of stroke and myriad other health problems. It all starts with determining whether you’re getting a good night’s sleep.
One of the ultimate testaments to the damage that sleep loss can wreak on our minds is that it is used as an interrogation tactic. Quite simply put, losing sleep makes you tend toward depression, impairs your judgment and can lead to bouts of outright confusion. It is a serious issue. You cannot perform your job as well as you should when you lose sleep and you certainly cannot trust yourself with dangerous tasks, such as driving, when you’re not fully alert and aware of your surroundings. The emotional fallout from losing sleep can be significant and can destroy relationships.
Anyone with children understands that kids get cranky when they get tired. It is no different with adults, though the emotions can be much more complex. Adults who suffer sleep deprivation are oftentimes explosively ill-tempered, are depressed and have no enthusiasm. In fact, the symptoms of sleep loss mirror those of depression so convincingly that one is oftentimes confused for the other. You may also find yourself losing interest in your job and with a diminished libido, both of which can compound already existing symptoms of depression.
Your body is very much affected by a lack of sleep. Even in young people, sleep apnea and other disorders can cause significant problems. In young people, it can lead to the child’s failure to flourish and can cause myriad health problems. In adults, expect to feel like you have no energy, to be physically weak and to suffer ailments such as headaches, especially in the morning. You may also wake up with a dry throat from mouth-breathing all through the night. Your body needs sleep and, when it doesn’t get it, there are significant and oftentimes very negative consequences.
Sleep loss needs to be investigated by your doctor. If you’re suffering the symptoms that accompany a lack of sleep, you need to visit a sleep physician. They will conduct a study of your sleep and determine what the problem is and what can be done about it. The physician, if you’re suffering from apnea, may recommend that you have a dentist construct an appliance that will keep your throat clear of soft tissue all night. You can contact a dentist to learn more about these appliances and about sleep apnea. Though many people may not guess as much, dentists are among the busiest medical professionals in the sleep apnea field.
To learn more about Sleep Apnea treatments and to find out if they are right for you, contact Smile Studio LA at 818-788-1352 today for a free consultation!