You probably already know that when you don’t get enough sleep, you struggle to get through your day. However, continued sleep deprivation can have some serious side effects on your health and well-being. In addition to being at a higher risk for accidents, individuals who do not get enough sleep can also suffer from memory loss, forgetfulness, weight gain, depression, and reduced libido.
There are some ways you can take action to improve your quality of sleep, but if the reason you’re losing sleep is due to a more serious condition, such as sleep apnea, you should seek help from a physician who is experienced in sleep medicine. Missing out on quality sleep because of sleep apnea can lead to the problems listed above, as well as the following health concerns:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Sudden cardiac death
As an active member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, I have a great deal of experience with dental sleep medicine, and I work closely with several sleep medicine physicians and internists. If you believe you or someone you love may be suffering from sleep loss due to sleep apnea or snoring, please contact our office today. I can supply you with a take-home sleep test that is designed to help determine whether or not sleep apnea is the cause of your sleep deprivation. Once you have been diagnosed by a physician, I can help you find a treatment option that best meets your needs and allows you to get a good night’s sleep and improved overall health.
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