Many things can affect the quality of our sleep: too much caffeine, addiction to our emails and texts, uncomfortable bed, lack of a regular sleep wake schedule. Many of us are dealing with something more serious…Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is when repeated episodes of partial or complete blockage of the upper airway happen for 10 seconds or longer. This causes you to wake so that breathing can return to normal. These interruptions in sleep can happen many times over the course of a nighttime and greatly reduce the quality of the sleep you are getting.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea:
- Tooth grinding
- Jaw pain
- Very tired even after a good amount of sleep
Having sleep apnea leads to an increased risk for stroke, heart attacks, obesity, high blood pressure, depression, and type 2 Diabetes.
Sleep Apnea can affect your sex life: loss of libido in women and erectile dysfunction in men. When we get good sleep our hormone levels are balanced. When hormone levels drop due to lack of adequate sleep sexual dysfunction can occur.
If you think you might have sleep apnea see your medical professional or find a dentist that is trained in sleep medicine.
- Weight loss
- Quit smoking
- Avoid alcohol
- Change sleeping position
- Obtain a mouth piece that helps keep airways open
- 1Many bodily and mental functions are maintained and restored while we sleep.
- 2Hormone health is important for good sexual health.
- 3In an average life you sleep for 25 years in total.