Sleep is as essential to our bodies as food and water. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation recommends at least 7 hours of sleep per night. If you don’t get proper sleep each night, your body will let you know since your mood, memory, and health can all be impacted in different ways.
Lack of quality sleep, or a reduction in your amount of nightly sleep, is known as sleep deprivation. For those who suffer from sleep deprivation, you know how difficult it can be to get through the day. You may feel tired, irritable, and moody, among other things. The question to ask yourself is whether you are dealing with a temporary sleep disruption or a chronic sleep disorder, such as obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea and Cognitive Issues
Sleep deprivation from sleep apnea can cause you to be clumsy, also leading you to be more prone to making mistakes. Without the proper sleep each night you’re also at greater risk of depression, anxiety, irritability, and forgetfulness.
The Diabetes Connection
Lack of sleep can lead to a higher risk of diabetes. When we don’t get the proper amount of sleep, our body produces less insulin after we eat. Sleep is essential for maintaining proper insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control.
When we’re sleeping our blood pressure decreases. If you’re unable to sleep, or unable to sleep for long periods of time because obstructive sleep apnea causes you to jolt awake throughout the night, your blood pressure will stay at a higher level longer than it should. Higher blood pressure puts you at a greater risk of heart disease or stroke.
Sleep Apnea and Obesity
Research has shown that those who get less than the recommended amount of nightly sleep have a 50% increased chance of obesity. Sleep deprivation can disrupt your metabolism and increase your appetite. Leptin, which is an appetite suppressant, is lowered with lack of sleep.
Weakened Immune System
If you’re unable to get enough sleep, your immune system can become compromised, putting you at higher risk for various illnesses and viruses.
Without question, lack of sleep can directly affect your quality of life and potentially your health. If you think you’re suffering from sleep deprivation that could be caused by sleep apnea, it’s time to contact our office in Glen Burnie. We’ll get to the root of your restless nights and if sleep apnea is diagnosed, provide you with a treatment plan to help you get the restful sleep you want and deserve.
Chesapeake Sleep Center
7711 Quarterfield Road, Suite C-1
Glen Burnie, MD 21061