Sleep Affects Our Body. Sleep Apnea Series: Part Two
When we think of being healthy, we think of eating right and exercising
regularly. Did you know, that if you are not getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night, you could be undermining all of your efforts towards good health! It’s important to make sleep a priority.
Everyone feels better after a good night’s sleep. Below you will find the National Sleep Foundations sleep recommendations:
Older adults, 65+ years: 7-8 hours
Adults, 18-64 years: 7-9 hours
Teenagers, 14-17 years: 8-10 hours
School-age children, 6-13 years: 9-11 hours
Preschool children, 3-5 years: 10-13 hours
Toddlers, 1-2 years: 11-14 hours
Infants, 4-11 months: 12-15 hours
Newborns, 0-3 months: 14-17 hours
For those that suffer from sleep apnea, it’s difficult if not nearly impossible to get the recommended hours of deep sleep that the body needs to function properly. Lack of sleep can lead to short term problems such as these:
Lack of alertness: Research shows that even missing as little as 1.5 hours can have an impact.
Impaired memory: Lack of sleep can affect your ability to think and to remember and process information. In fact, lack of sleep costs the US $411 Billion is loss of productivity.
Relationship stress: It can make you feel moody, and you can become more likely to have conflicts with others.
Quality of life: You may become less likely to participate in normal daily activities or to exercise.
Greater likelihood for car accidents: Drowsy driving accounts for thousands of crashes, injuries and fatalities each year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is estimated that 37% of drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel.
Continuous lack of sleep can lead to more long-term and serious health problems. Some of the most serious potential problems associated with chronic sleep deprivation are high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure or stroke. Other potential problems include obesity, depression and lower sex drive.
With the hectic lives that we all seem to be leading these days, it’s important to remember that sleep needs to be a priority. If we are getting a good night’s sleep, our lives and bodies will thank us!
If you are concerned that you are suffering from sleep apnea and not getting the deep sleep that you need, we here at Petaluma Dental Group can help! We are now offering overnight home testing with results in days. This is a free service that we are providing for our patients. If you are interested, please give us a call today!