Poway and Rancho Bernardo, CA
Have you ever been told that you snore while you sleep? While snoring may not seem to bother you, it certainly can interrupt your partner’s sleep. But, there’s more to it than that. Snoring actually is disrupting your sleep, even though you may not realize it. Snoring is one of the main indicators of a sleep-breathing disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Nicol Cook, sleep apnea specialist in Poway, is here to share with you reasons why you shouldn’t ignore your snoring.
It makes you tired
When obstructive sleep apnea is present, it is caused by an obstruction of the airway, hence the snoring sound when you breathe while sleeping. When snoring occurs, it means that your body, and brain, are not receiving enough air. This causes the brain to slightly awaken, just enough to disrupt your deep sleep, rousing the body to breathe again. While you may not realize your brain is waking up, it is enough disruption to cause you to feel daytime fatigue on a regular basis. Being tired can interfere with your ability to focus, lead to memory problems, and cause irritability.
Increases your risk of diseases
In recent decades, researchers have linked obstructive sleep apnea to an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Just like water and food, our bodies require air, and without enough the body will suffer. Not only are you at risk of certain diseases when you have untreated sleep apnea but also are more likely to gain weight, which comes with a host of other health-related issues.
More likely to be involved in a wreck
Some research indicates that driving while drowsy is as dangerous as driving drunk. Going about your day tired and either driving or operating heavy machinery on the job, increases your risk of being involved in a wreck or accident at work. Not only is an accident of this nature a detriment to you, but to those around you as well.
Causes intimacy trouble
For men, untreated sleep apnea or a lack of quality sleep may lead to impotence. There is a scientific link between sleep apnea and the decrease in testosterone, a hormone in males responsible for sex drive. On the other hand, women aren’t typically “in the mood” when they are tired, which for a sleep apnea sufferer, a lack of interest in intimacy may occur more often than not for women as well.
You may be feeling a bit blue
Sleep apnea undoubtedly causes a person to feel tired and fatigued. Compound that day in and day out, and you are likely to lose interest in even your most beloved hobbies.
For those of you who are parents, you may side against going to your child’s extracurricular activities, and find that you would rather stay home and rest in the afternoon instead. Missing out on these special moments may leave you feeling blue. You may even already be talking to your doctor about the possibility of depression when what you might need is quality sleep.
Sleep apnea can occur in men and women of all ages, regardless of weight and health status. If you are tired of feeling tired, consider a consultation with a sleep apnea doctor in Poway such as Dr. Cook. She can evaluate your airway and perform specific tests to determine if you have obstructive sleep apnea. It is time to get your life back with a simple solution to your sleep apnea.
Snoring Solutions in Poway
To learn more about a cure for snoring, or obstructive sleep apnea treatment, please call (858) 673-0141 or contact Smiles by Dr. Cook today. We welcome patients of Poway, and Rancho Bernardo, California.