Posted on Monday, March 2nd, 2020 at 8:41 pm
Sleep is a fundamental part of a healthy lifestyle. But because of the stresses and demands of modern life, people sometimes see sleep as non-essential. This spurred healthcare professionals who specialize in sleep medicine and research to establish World Sleep Day, an annual event that celebrates and emphasizes the importance of sleep in a society that would rather run 24/7. It seeks to raise awareness of sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and insomnia, and about the health issues related to lost sleep.
This year, World Sleep Day will be held on March 13 and the slogan is “Better Sleep, Better Life, Better Planet.” The annual event, which has been celebrated by the World Sleep Day Committee since 2008, always falls on the Friday before the vernal equinox. Next year, it will be held on March 12.
There are many reasons why people today don’t get as much sleep as doctors recommend. Many people have trouble falling asleep at night because they fail to establish a nighttime routine that includes winding down and unplugging from their electronics. Many people work on their laptops or watch movies when they should be getting ready for bed, which keeps the mind active even if the body is exhausted. Other reasons for troubled sleep are excessive caffeine, eating late, late shifts at work, stress, and drug side effects. World Sleep Day aims to raise awareness of bad habits that could be getting in the way of a full night’s rest.
But sometimes, lost sleep is caused by a sleep disorder, which might require medical intervention. Over 100 million people worldwide suffer from sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that blocks airflow, causing the person to stop breathing repeatedly throughout the night. This leaves the person feeling tired in the morning. Sleep apnea can increase a person’s risk for high blood pressure, heart failure, ADHD, or a stroke.
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If you’re having trouble getting a full night’s rest, either because of a sleep disorder or otherwise, the sleep experts at Silent Night Therapy are ready to help. We believe everyone deserves to sleep well, so call us at (631) 983-2463 today.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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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.