Lack of Sleep Takes a Toll
After one night of difficult sleep, your life can become more difficult and dangerous as you navigate through your day groggily. Your ability to concentrate and your patience are tested, leaving you at risk for accidents. With sleep apnea, this is every night.
Sleep apnea causes your airway to become blocked while you’re asleep, leading to pauses in breathing. When this happens, your brain signals your body to wake up. You may not even remember waking up during the night because it’s usually a small disturbance.
Sleep Deprivation & Your Brain
Even though the disturbance is small, it can have a large impact. Especially because with sleep apnea, people usually wake up multiple times throughout the night.
Without enough good-quality sleep, you’re more at risk as you go about your regular day. Activities you normally take part in such as driving can become more dangerous, and your work quality can decline and lead to an increased risk of unemployment.
When you wake up constantly, your REM sleep is disturbed. During this stage of sleep, your brain is highly active and plays a part in processing memories as well as regulating your emotions.
Sleep Apnea & Mental Health
Interruption of REM sleep has been linked to an imbalance of emotion-regulating chemicals in the brain. This can make you feel more irritable and have difficulty with your emotions.
Sleep apnea is also associated with a higher risk of developing depression and anxiety. If you experience the symptoms of sleep apnea and a mental health disorder, the good news is that treatment for sleep apnea can improve your overall well-being.
Reclaim Your Life With Treatment
Sleep apnea treatment could be the step forward that changes your life. Dr. Ronald Plotka offers convenient and comfortable sleep apnea treatment, so you won’t have to change your daily routine by much to improve your quality of life.
Learn more about our sleep apnea treatments by calling (761) 469-1938 or by filling out the contact form at the bottom of the page. A friendly and knowledgeable member of our team will be with you right away.