Surprising health conditions that can be from poor breathing at night

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Surprising health conditions that can be from poor breathing at night

Surprising health conditions that can be from poor breathing at night

Posted on Monday, January 20th, 2020 at 7:37 pm    

If you suffer from sleep apnea, a condition that causes your breathing to repeatedly stop during sleep, the most obvious health-related drawback is a persistent feeling of tiredness. However, there are a number of other health conditions that may arise if you suffer from sleep apnea or have other sleep-related problems. 

Lower libido

Both men and women who suffer from sleep apnea report lower libidos and decreased interest in sex. This is because disturbed sleep often leaves you feeling groggy and irritable all day. A 2002 study from the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism also suggests that men who experience sleep apnea tend to release lower levels of testosterone at night, which could lead to a decreased interest in sex. 

Damaged skin

If you suffer from sleep apnea or insomnia, you may be at a greater risk of experiencing aging skin quicker than your peers. Fine lines on facial skin, dark circles under the eyes, and dull skin could all possibly be attributed to chronic sleep loss. This is because your body releases more cortisol when it is stressed, such as when you don’t get enough sleep, which breaks down collagen if it’s released in excess. Collagen is the protein in your skin that keeps it looking shiny and healthy. Sleep loss could also decrease your body’s release of human growth hormone, which repairs damages to your skin as you sleep. 

Frequent forgetfulness

“Sharp wave ripples” are the cerebral events responsible for maintaining our memories and keeping them sharp. They also transfer memories to the neocortex, where long-term memories are stored. However, sharp-wave ripple events usually only occur when we are in a deep sleep, so people who suffer from insomnia or sleep apnea may not experience these events as often. 

Increased risk of death

According to the Whitehall II Study, conducted by British researchers Michael Marmot and Eric Brunner, people who sleep five hours or less each night are at double the risk of death from all causes, but especially cardiovascular disease. 

Need to Get Better Sleep? Call the OSA Experts

If you or a loved one suffer from sleep apnea, contact Dr. Brown and the OSA team to schedule a consultation. We’ll help you find a solution that will have you sleeping soundly in no time. Call us at (631) 983-2463 today.

 


Why your New Year’s resolution should be to get more sleep

Posted on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 at 4:24 am    

Most of us are aware that we should be getting at least eight hours of sleep each night, but how many of us actually meet that goal? With busy work schedules, personal commitments, and the demands of our families, it often seems impossible to get the rest we need.

With the arrival of the new year, we have an opportunity to change our routines and focus on our health. Unsurprisingly, getting an adequate amount of sleep can have a significant impact on your life, including:

  • Better performance at work, school, and in life – A study by researchers at Stanford discovered that two nights of poor quality sleep can have a significant impact on your ability to perform daily tasks. Researchers found that it can take up to six days for you to fully recover after just two nights of inadequate rest.
  • You’ll actually stick to your diet – Well-rested people tend to make better food choices. If you’re hungry, your body is more likely to crave carbohydrates and more calories, which often leads to making poor dietary decisions. This is simple biology….when you’re tired, your body produces more of the hormone that signals hunger (ghrelin), and less of the one that tells you you’re full (leptin)
  • You might be more motivated to exercise – If you’re not well-rested, your energy levels will likely be much lower than they are when you get enough sleep at night. If you’re tired, you probably won’t have much motivation to hit the gym, go for a run, or do any of the physical exercises that keep you happy and healthy.
  • You’ll be better equipped to handle a stressful situation – When you get enough sleep at night, you’ll have more patience for little stressors that pop up throughout the day.

In 2020, you have the opportunity to reflect on the new year and what you can do to improve your health. If getting more sleep is your goal, make sure there aren’t other health issues that are getting in the way of getting a good night’s sleep. If you suffer from sleep apnea, for example, it can be nearly impossible to get the quality rest that your body and mind need.

Contact the OSA Team

If you or a loved one suffer from sleep apnea, contact Dr. Brown and the OSA team to schedule a consultation. We’ll help you find a solution that will have you sleeping soundly in no time. Call us at (631) 983-2463 today.