Sleeping is one of the most important activities for a person’s health. Firstly, it rests the body and mind from the stresses of day to day life. Secondly, it repairs the damages the body and mind have sustained throughout the day.
Failing to get enough sleep can be a choice, like when a person has work to do and has prioritized this work over sleep, or when a person has been too engaged in recreational activities, such as surfing the internet or playing video games, that he or she has been willing to sacrifice sleep for them. Failing to get enough sleep can also be a result of a sleeping disorder, like sleep apnea.
A person has sleep apnea if he or she experiences breathing problems during sleep, such as excessive pauses. According to the website of Silent Night Therapy, symptoms of sleep apnea include the following:
- Dry mouth
- Snoring frequently and loudly
- Waking up in the middle of the night gasping for air
- Unrefreshing sleep
Sleep apnea can have negative consequences on the body, such as those listed below.
Sleep Deprivation and Its Effects
Those with sleep apnea often wake up in the middle of the night to catch their breaths. This means that they do not get full restorative sleep, so their body and mind are not conditioned for the next day. The person may experience fatigue, increased irritability, and mental lapses, including lack of alertness, difficulty in concentrating and memorizing, and slow reaction time.
High Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Problems
Breathing is one of the body’s main sources of oxygen, so it can easily be deduced that breathing problems can lead to oxygen problems in the body, and this can result into high blood pressure. This increase in blood pressure may have a negative effect in the heart, and it can result into heart attacks, irregular heartbeats, and worst of all, stroke or sudden death.
Increased Glucose Levels and Diabetes
Breathing problems put stress into the body, so the body may have the tendency to release stress hormones that can potentially increase glucose levels in the blood. This means that those with sleep apnea are more likely to develop complications associated with blood glucose, such as diabetes.