How Sleep Loss Affects Your Life

Miami and Coral Gables, Florida

Your body needs a certain amount of sleep every night to function properly. When you do not get this minimum amount of sleep, your health, performance, and quality of life may suffer drastically.

For some, lack of sleep is a by-product of a chaotic and hectic lifestyle. However, for many people, sleep deprivation is often the result of unrecognized sleep disorders. One of the most common conditions affecting your ability to get a good night’s rest is sleep apnea.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when your airway becomes blocked, depriving your brain and body of oxygen. In response, your brain disrupts the sleep cycle, waking you up just enough for you to resume breathing. For a person with an advanced case of sleep apnea, this cycle often occurs hundreds of times a night. For you, the end result is a lack of sleep, which may jeopardize your long-term health.

Some of the Effects of Sleep Loss on Your Everyday Life

Sleep loss can affect every aspect of your life. It carries both short-term and long-term consequences, including:

  • Cognitive decline
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory loss
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Lapses in judgment
  • Chronic fatigue
  • An inability to fully enjoy your favorite activities
  • Loss of libido
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Poor performance at work and/or school
  • Overall decline in physical health

Sleep Loss Kills

The latest statistics released by the National Institute of Health show that more than 10 million people are affected by sleep apnea. Moreover, many cases of sleep apnea—even those that are moderate or even severe—can go undiagnosed.

If you have untreated sleep apnea, your risk factor increases for several chronic and potentially life-threatening ailments, including:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer

Your Sleep Loss Affects Your Loved Ones

Sleep loss affects your mood and your behavior. It can make you irritable and short-tempered with your family and others around you. Over time, this can put a strain on your personal relationships.

Your sleep apnea may also be seriously affecting the quality of your partner’s life. One of the main symptoms of sleep apnea is snoring. As a result, your condition may be keeping your partner awake for long stretches of the night as well.

Living with sleep loss over a prolonged period of time actually changes your behavior and your personality. You become more short-tempered, and relationships with family and friends easily can become strained. If a case of sleep apnea is the reason for your sleep deprivation, your condition also can lead to sleep loss for your partner, considering that loud snoring is the most common symptom of this breathing disorder.

How Your Dentist Can Help End Your Sleep Deprivation

The dentists at Miami Designer Smiles, Dr. Raul Garcia and Dr. Conchi Sanchez-Garcia, specialize in sleep apnea dentistry, which treats sleep apnea by addressing the root cause of your lost sleep—the airway issue that is causing your breathing obstruction. Then, our Miami sleep apnea dentists can correct the condition. Conducting a sleep study, which produces data that can be interpreted to see whether or not you are suffering from sleep apnea, may be part of diagnosing your sleep breathing disorder.

Treating Sleep Apnea – No CPAP

Miami Designer Smiles prefers to treat sleep apnea through oral appliance therapy. This consists of the prescription of a customized mouthpiece that keeps the airway open throughout the night, allowing you to finally get the restful sleep you have been without for so long. You will feel better physically and mentally, and your entire family will be happier now that you have found treatment for your sleep apnea. Click here to learn more about how we treat sleep apnea.

When Should You See A Sleep Apnea Dentist? 

If you frequently wake up feeling tired no matter what time you get to bed, then a sleep breathing disorder such as sleep apnea could be the culprit. Sleep apnea is a serious medical problem that requires treatment from a qualified medical professional like a sleep apnea dentist to resolve. You should know the signs of sleep apnea, so that, if experience any of them in combination with lost sleep, you can seek treatment for what likely is a sleep breathing disorder.

Symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Snoring
  • Night sweats
  • Restless sleep
  • Mood swings
  • Daytime fatigue

Clenching or grinding your teeth during sleep, which also is known as bruxism.

The greatest indicator of sleep apnea is loud snoring. If you or a member of your family snores audibly and regularly complains about being tired, then a case of sleep apnea could be present. Remember, as well, that children with sleep apnea often exhibit symptoms similar to a hyperactivity disorder such as ADD or ADHD. Click here to learn more about the confusion between sleep apnea and ADHD.

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Miami

Everyone should get deep, restful sleep. To get the rest you deserve, schedule a consultation at Miami Designer Smiles by calling (305) 595-4616.

Miami Designer Smiles is proud to serve the sleep dentistry needs of patients in the areas of Miami and Coral Gables in Florida.