Your body relies on sleep to repair itself and replenish energy spent in the daytime. Sleep apnea disrupts your breathing through the night, causing you to wake up multiple times before morning. Inadequate rest puts a strain on your physical and mental health, negatively impacting your success and happiness. Studies have linked sleep apnea to diabetes, kidney disease, and heart disease, among other life-threatening conditions. Improving your slumber through non-surgical treatment can help protect you from these adverse health effects. A good night’s rest offers many other benefits as well, which you might miss out on if you suffer from this condition.
Improve Your Ability to Learn
Whether you are a student or have years of experience in the workplace, you learn new things every day. People who get the right amount of sleep learn new things more easily than those who do not. Nighttime disruptions affect your short-term memory, which is responsible for a large chunk of the learning process. People who do not get enough sleep have a harder time improving their skills as a result.
Keep Your Muscles Healthy and Strong
Your body uses most of your nighttime hours repairing damage done to your body structures and cells from the day. During this time, it also releases a growth hormone to help with healing. This process also repairs your muscles and keeps them strong. Some studies have linked sleep loss with muscle atrophy.
Promote Skin Health
Inadequate slumber also decreases your skin health. Studies have shown that your skin recovers from damage like sun exposure faster with the right amount of rest. Sleeping more can even prevent early signs of aging.
Boost Your Love Life
More sleep might mean increased activity in the bedroom for you and your partner. For both men and women, slumber improves your sexual drive and your energy. It might also improve your romance life by decreasing problems like erectile dysfunction, which has been linked to sleep loss.
Safely Navigate the Road
If you don’t get enough shut-eye, you might want to reconsider driving. You may feel alert, but sleep deprivation impairs your mental processing ability and lowers your response time as much as alcohol intoxication. Studies have found that sleep apnea increases your chances of being involved in a vehicle accident.
Don’t Let Sleep Apnea Disrupt Your Life
Not everyone who experiences these symptoms realize that sleep apnea is the cause. Many people suffering from this condition don’t even know that they have it. If you snore or experience excessive daytime sleepiness, you might benefit from a sleep screening.
Once a qualified physician has diagnosed your sleep apnea, Dr. Don Lowrance can work with you to improve your symptoms using non-surgical sleep apnea treatment. With obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), caused by a physical obstruction of your airways, Dr. Lowrance can prescribe an oral appliance to open your airways at night. Other forms of apnea, such as central sleep apnea (CSA), can be treated with the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to provide you with a steady flow of oxygen through the night.
Your health matters, and non-surgical treatment can protect your health and improve your quality of life. For more information about managing your symptoms with non-surgical sleep apnea treatment, please contact Dr. Lowrance’s office at (361) 851-8274 for a consultation.