Poor Quality Sleep Has Dangerous Health Consequences

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Is restless sleep affecting your health?

There is a direct connection between health and quality of sleep.

A study conducted by the University of Chicago School of Medicine discovered a link between low quality sleep and type 2 diabetes.

“Insufficient sleep–a highly prevalent condition in modern society–may disrupt fat metabolism and reduce the ability of insulin to regulate blood sugars. It suggests that something as simple as getting enough sleep could help counteract the current epidemics of diabetes and obesity.”–Esra Tasali, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago.

The Danger of High Blood Suger

Even if you don’t have diabetes, you should care about your blood sugar levels. Spikes in blood sugar are harmful in a myriad of ways.

High blood sugar can damage blood vessels that bring oxygen to your organs. This can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, nerve malfunction, and vision issues.

Difficulty sleeping may be caused by sleep apnea

What is sleep apnea?

It’s a serious health condition in which your breathing periodically stops while you sleep.

Suspect you might have sleep apnea? Read through these common symptoms.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Excessive Snoring
  • Episodes of Not Breathing
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Dry Mouth/Throat
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent Headaches
  • Irritability

Don’t misunderstand, having one of these symptoms is typically fine. If you experience several symptoms, we recommend seeing your doctor.

Three Types of Sleep Apnea

There are three different types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition where your throat muscles relax. Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to control your breathing. The final type is called complex sleep apnea syndrome. This type occurs when someone has a combination of the two previously listed.

If your physician diagnoses your condition as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, don’t assume that there is only one treatment. Oral appliances can treat some forms of sleep apnea. Treatment can ease your symptoms and help prevent the health issues discussed previously.

Sleep Better, Be Happier

Improved sleep can trigger a chain reaction of positive effects. When you sleep better, you feel happier during the day. You are more in control. Better able to deal constructively with life’s complexities. It helps you be proactive instead of reactive. When you make better decisions, you have more success in your business and personal pursuits.

Contact Dr. Bill Dorfman, DDS – Century City Aesthetic Dentistry:

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Los Angeles, California
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