Consequences of Sleep Loss

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Getting the proper amount of sleep is one of the cornerstones of good health. If you regularly do not get enough quality sleep to restore your mind and body, it will have a negative impact on your health, performance at work or school, and your quality of life.

Over time, a continued shortage of quality sleep can affect you in the following ways:

  • Concentration problems
  • Cognitive decline leading to memory loss
  • Irritability
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Poor judgment
  • Diminished sex drive and/or impotence
  • Weight gain
  • Depression

Some people do not get enough sleep because of a chaotic lifestyle or a schedule such as working an irregular shift. For others, sleep deprivation stems from a sleep breathing disorder that has gone undiagnosed. One of the most well-known, and most serious, sleep breathing disorders is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Sleep apnea occurs when the airway becomes partially or completely blocked during sleep, cutting off the supply of oxygen and disrupting the sleep cycle.

Left untreated, sleep apnea significantly increases the risk of serious and potentially fatal health issues such as:

  • Cardiac disease
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

Whatever the cause of your sleep loss, it can affect your relationships with friends and family because it can make you short-tempered, changing your mood and your behavior.

If you are suffering from sleep loss and sleep apnea is the cause, then this problem will not resolve on its own. A sleep apnea dentist like Dr. Sam Guarnieri at Pittsford Dental Excellence has the special expertise and training to diagnose and treat sleep breathing disorders.

You deserve the happier, healthier life that comes with getting the proper amount of quality sleep.

If you have been living with chronic sleep loss, then contact our office in Pittsford, NY, today at (585) 248-2575 to schedule a consultation.

Pittsford Dental Excellence is here to serve patients in the area of Fairport, Pittsford, and Rochester, NY.