When you get the rest you need, you feel refreshed and are ready to take on the day. For sleep apnea sufferers, even when getting the recommended amount of sleep, they can still feel fatigued during the day. This happens because of the way sleep apnea affect the quality of sleep. When someone with this disorder is sleeping, they can pause their breathing for as long as twenty seconds. When this happens, the brain is forced to wake itself up to make sure you take the next breath.
Since your brain has to keep waking itself during the night, the quality of sleep you get is greatly diminished and can even affect your productivity. In fact, sleep apnea is one of the leading causes of low work performance. Daytime sleepiness is not only inconvenient, it can also be dangerous.
Without treatment, sleep apnea can make you over five times as likely to be involved in a serious or even fatal traffic accident. Treating sleep apnea can not only improve your work performance, it can also make you a safer driver.
Did you know sleep apnea can affect your sexual health? A study from Germany found that 69% of men that suffered from untreated sleep apnea were also affected by erectile dysfunction., Obstructive sleep apnea also impacts the sexual health of women. The Journal of Sexual Medicine found that women with untreated sleep apnea had a much greater chance to suffer from problems such as loss of libido and sexual dysfunction.
Women and Sleep Apnea
Women are 50% less likely to have obstructive sleep apnea than men. That said, in most cases, women make up less than 13% of people diagnosed. This means that there is a huge portion of women every year that go undiagnosed for sleep apnea. If you think you may have sleep apnea, come visit Dr. Buchanan so she can help get you the treatment you deserve.
Take back Your Rest
Dr. Buchanan is dedicated to finding a sleep apnea solution that works for your specific needs. No matter which oral appliance works best for you, you can be confident Dr. Buchanan and her expert staff will help you get the rest you need to live a happier and more productive life.
Get the Sleep You Deserve Today
If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more about how Jennifer Buchanan, DDS can treat your obstructive sleep apnea, then call us today or use the contact form located on our website.