What’s wrong with me?
- Posted on: Mar 26 2019
You are tired! Physically – mentally – emotionally
Tired of trying to figure out how to deal with your sleep issues only to keep hitting a dead-end. After everything you have tried and after all your questions have been left unanswered, we are here to tell you: Your Journey Ends NOW.
Imagine a world – your world – where drowsiness and fatigue don’t plague you. A world in where you look forward to a restful night’s sleep and you get it! A world in where you face the day refreshed and invigorated; ready for what life throws at you…
Compounded affects of sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is a medical condition affecting the quantity and quality of the sleep you get every night. If you are experiencing substantial disturbances in your normal sleep patterns, you will suffer the consequences. If and you don’t get enough sleep, it might be obvious that you could feel sleepy during the day and your concentration and daytime performance could suffer. But sometimes the consequences of sleep apnea are more difficult to notice; and sometimes people do not realize that the symptoms they do notice, could be caused by sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea frequently:
- causes depression
- causes anxiety
- causes stress
- causes irritability and aggressive behavior
- causes memory and concentration difficulties
- decreases lifespan (on average reduced by 20 years if sleep apnea unteated)
- raises blood pressure
- increases risk for atrial fibrillation
- increases risk for stroke by 8x (2x as much as high blood pressure or diabetes does)
- increases risk for heart attack by 23x (>3x as much as smoking or high blood pressure does)
- increases risk of congestive heart failure
- decreases blood flow to the brain (night and day)
- impairs concentration and memory (imaging brain shows permanent changes similar to Alzheimer’s)
- causes impotence
- causes acid reflux
- causes obesity and type 2 diabetes
- increases anxiety
- causes teeth clenching and grinding, leading to deterioration of teeth, muscle tension headaches
and aggrevation of TMJ/TMD symptoms
- causes morning headaches from buildup of excessive carbon dioxide in lungs
- increases stress, irritability and aggressive behavior
- causes depression
- causes lowered pain tolerance
- suppresses the immune system
- impairs healing and growth
- causes nocturia (waking up to get up in the night to urinate)
- causes enuresis (bed wettting) in children
The cure…is simply a good night’s sleep
If you are tired all the time and you snore or suffer from sleep apnea, don’t wait. It will only hurt you more.
Impaired sleep can harm your heart by putting undue stress and strain on the muscle. Cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, strokes and in extreme cases, death, have all been linked, to sleep debt. Chronic sleep loss hinders your body’s ability to perform even basic metabolic functions, including regulating your hormones.
Snoring is often a pre-cursor to a more severe problem, known as sleep apnea. Those afflicted experience a blockage in their breathing airway, without even realizing it. This blockage deprives them of getting oxygen regularly throughout the night. Sleep apnea has a huge affect on heart disease. Apnea sufferers have an increase in developing high blood pressure – a major risk factor in developing heart disease and strokes.
The effects of sleep deprivation can lead to severe health concerns and an untimely death. Sleep deficiencies can negatively affect your brain function, which increases your stress hormones and leads to depression. We will work together to find a sleep solution, such as an orthotic or snoring device, that will work for you. Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Westman.
Posted in: Sleep Disorder