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The Link Between Poor Quality Sleep and Common Health Problems

Approximately 100 million Americans do not get quality sleep due to disorders interfering with their regular sleep patterns. Dr. Robert Garelick frequently deals with two primary sleep disorders: sleep apnea and TMJ. Sleep apnea affects nearly 22 million Americans, while TMJ disorder affects about 10 million. TMJ disorder is a condition affecting the joint connecting your skull and the jawbone; thus, it cannot function properly. It then becomes difficult for you to move laterally or vertically, which can cause various health conditions, including sleep interference. But, sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that involves regular stopping and starting of your breathing.

Subsequently, below is the link between sleep disorders and common health problems.

Infertility

According to the CDC, if you do not get enough sleep frequently, sleeping for less than six hours, there is a higher risk of negatively affecting fertility-related hormones. The part of your brain regulating sleep and wake cycle hormones also plays a vital role in promoting the production of reproductive hormones.

Also, without healthy sleep, you are at risk of being overweight, having cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, and a body imbalance in hormones that can all contribute to infertility.

Alzheimer and dementia

The more you grow older, the more you are likely to experience trouble sleeping. If you are or reach 45 to 65 old or older, you will often find yourself waking up frequently in the middle of the night, not sleeping deeply, and waking up too early.

Being able to not sleep for one night often affects how you think the next day. And if you go an extended period without healthy sleep cycles, you may experience adverse effects. Generally, you may have declining cognitive skills and get severe, long-lasting conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Overweight

You are likely to engage more in eating when you do not have quality sleep regularly. You do that to boost your energy levels and discourage sleepiness. Eating more, which often involves unhealthy foods rich in fat, calories, and carbohydrates, is thus a sure way of gaining weight.

Moreover, sleep deprivation can tire your body due to insufficient energy levels. Therefore, you will feel weaker and unmotivated to perform physical activities or exercises. Performing physical activities when you are not full of energy puts you at risk of injuries.

You invite your body to gain more weight without frequently keeping yourself physically active.

High blood pressure

Poor sleep can affect your heart’s health, promoting unhealthy habits such as inactivity and eating poor diets.

When you have sleep apnea, which makes you unable to breathe fully, you receive less oxygen during sleep. That can lead to high blood pressure and other issues like stroke and heart attack.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Besides eating healthily and remaining physically active, getting quality sleep is vital for strengthening your immune system. A more robust immune system is not susceptible to viruses like COVID-19 and the common cold.

Contact Chase Dental Sleepcare today for diagnosis and treatment of your sleep disorder.

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