What we often find is that most people don’t really understand how important sleep can be. Many of us will suffer with 3 or 4 hours, and think that we can get by, but often feel sleepy during the day. We find that people will drag themselves out of bed, or even fall asleep behind the wheel!
The truth is that lack of sleep can be dangerous and harmful to the body. Sleep is the time that our body gets rest and heals. Without the proper amount of sleep, these processes cannot happen. The average adult needs 7-8 hours of good sleep to get all the benefits needed.
Lack of sleep can often be attributed to sleep disorders, with Obstructive Sleep Apnea being one of the most prevalent. Dentists like myself have joined the fight against bad sleep and obstructive sleep apnea, to help keep you healthy, active and living longer.
Bad sleep and sleep depravation can have effects on multiple areas of the body.
Irritability and mood changes
Symptoms similar to ADHD
Immune system problems and diabetes
Heart Disease and Stroke
High Blood Pressure- 3 times as likely to have sleep apnea
Acid Reflux- 66% of people with Acid Reflux have untreated sleep apnea
Depression- 5 times more likely to have Obstructive Sleep Apnea Insomnia increases risk by 10x