how sleep loss affects your life

how sleep loss affects your lifeHow Sleep Loss Affects your Life

Serving Choto, Northshore, and surrounding areas of Knoxville, TN

Want to live a healthy life? Make sure you get enough quality sleep. If you do not get the minimum amount of sleep required to function properly, you will experience consequences that affect your health and quality of life, as well as your performance in work or school.

What causes lack of sleep?

Many of us do not receive the amount of sleep we need. Some individuals do not sleep enough because of their work schedule, or because they have a hectic lifestyle that causes sleep deprivation. Others experience a lack of quality sleep because they suffer from a sleep breathing disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea.

Also known as OSA, sleep apnea stems from a collapse of soft tissue in your airway when you sleep. This collapse causes a blockage that can be either partial or complete; the more advanced a case of sleep apnea, the more substantial the blockage. In many instances, these blockages cut off the flow of air, depriving your brain of oxygen and rousing you awake. This disrupts the sleep cycle, depriving you of the restorative qualities to the mind and body that occur during deep, restful sleep. A patient with a serious case of sleep apnea may experience these blockages hundreds of times during a given night.

How does lack of sleep affect you?

If you do not get enough sleep, it can lead to a host of different problems. Sleep loss changes your mood and the way you interact with your friends and family. It can make you more prone to irritability and anger. This can hinder your personal relationships, especially if you do not know that lack of sleep is the cause.

Other consequences of sleep loss can include:

  • Problems concentrating
  • Poor judgment
  • Failure to fully enjoy activities
  • Diminished sex drive
  • Obesity
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Cognitive decline
  • Impotence
  • Depression
  • Overall decline in your physical health

A patient with sleep apnea that goes undiagnosed or untreated will see a much higher risk factor for several chronic, life-threatening conditions, such as:

  • Cardiac disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension

A sleep apnea dentist in Knoxville has the training and expertise to diagnose and treat sleep apnea. At Choto Family Dentistry, our sleep apnea dentists can do so by performing a sleep study or conducting an evaluation of your airway to determine if a blockage is present. From there, we can suggest sleep apnea treatment options.

Snoring is considered one of the major warning signs of a sleep breathing disorder such as sleep apnea. If you or a member of your family snores loudly then a case of sleep apnea could be the cause. Sleep apnea must receive professional diagnosis and treatment; it will not go away by itself. Failure to resolve the disorder can jeopardize your health and even your life.

Sleep Apnea Evaluation in Knoxville

If you would like to be evaluated by one of the sleep apnea dentists in Northshore, contact Choto Family Dentistry by calling (865) 409-5077 to schedule a sleep apnea consultation.

We welcome patients of Knoxville, Tennessee, as well as the communities of Choto and Northshore.