When you aren’t sleeping through the night due to sleep apnea or excessive snoring your body feels those effect – not only the next day but in a way that can seriously affect your long term health. It’ easy to convince yourself that everything will be OK, but the long term consequences of a lack of sleep are impressive and something you definitely want to avoid.
How safe can you be when you’re tired?
The most direct consequence of a lack of sleep is your awareness level drops significantly and this leads to a reduction in your personal safety. Consider all the mundane but dangerous things we have to do throughout the day. Driving a car is one of the most dangerous things the lay person does in a day, and doing it while tired is simply irresponsible.
Occupational injuries are considered to double with the introduction of a sleep deprived worker. You don’t only have your safety to worry about, you have your co-workers and friends to worry about too.
The Health Risks Associated with Lack of Sleep
The long term health risks that come with lack of sleep are serious. Lack of sleep is associated with the following medical conditions:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease;Diabetes
- Liver problems
- Metabolic syndrome
There are even studies that suggest that sleep apnea can take years off of your life!
What steps can I take to beat sleep apnea?
There are a number of things you can do to try to stop sleep apnea from occurring while you sleep. If you are overweight or obese that puts you at a much greater risk of having sleep apnea, so consider seriously attempting to lose some weight. Drinking alcohol before bed also doesn’t help.
The biggest thing you can do to prevent sleep apnea is contact our office and schedule an appointment to be evaluated. We can get you on the road to a healthy sleep in no time!