3 ways a sleep disorder can affect your health

A sleep disorder that goes untreated can cause chronic fatigue, which can cause problems with your job, your personal relationships and even create safety risks. Some people avoid treatment and think they can live with a sleep disorder. If you have a sleep disorder, however, we believe you should know that getting treatment can improve several aspects of your life, including your physical and emotional health.

1. Chronic fatigue

Chronic fatigue is a constant feeling of being tired for no apparent reason. If you are getting around 8 hours of sleep every night but still feel tired during the day, this may be a sign of a sleep disorder like sleep apnea. Chronic fatigue can make you feel tired mentally or physically, and it may even make you feel physically weak.

2. Emotional and attitude problems that result from fatigue

When you are always tired, you are more likely to be short-tempered and generally unhappy. Your attitude can have an effect on your relationships both in your personal life and at work. Relationship problems can, in turn, lead to more emotional stress and lost sleep.

3. Depressive symptoms

Chronic health and emotional problems can cause depression and related symptoms. People with symptoms of depression feel sad, have trouble sleeping or sleep too much and generally have little interest in activities they previous enjoyed.

There are treatments for your sleep disorder

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder. It is primarily due a blockage of the air passageways, which can be caused by tissue at the back of the throat or by the tongue falling back. The most common sleep apnea treatment prescribed by doctors is CPAP, a machine that forces air through a mask that you wear over your nose and mouth.

While CPAP is an effective treatment, many people find wearing the mask to be uncomfortable. An alternative treatment comes from a dentist. It is a dental appliance for sleep that gently keeps your mouth and jaws in optimal position for the free passage of air.

Find out more about dental treatment for sleep apnea

If you suffer from a sleep disorder or think that you might, contact our Des Plaines dentist for a consultation appointment to talk about dental sleep disorder treatment. While sleep disorders must be diagnosed by a medical doctor, treatment may be prescribed by a doctor or a dental professional. Dental treatment for sleep is comfortable, portable and may be the solution you’ve been looking for.

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