Sleep Is Essential For a Healthy Mind and Body
If you’ve ever tossed and turned all night, resulting in as little as two to three hours of sleep, then you know how difficult it can be to function the next day. You may find everyday tasks become much more difficult. This dazed feeling can cause frustration in your waking life. Although you may still be able to perform day-to-day tasks when you’re feeling tired, doctors usually recommend seven to nine hours per night depending on the person’s age.
If you constantly find yourself feeling fatigued throughout the day, there’s a chance you’re suffering from sleep apnea. This sleep disorder affects approximately 22 million Americans and can lead to both physical and mental health problems. Keep reading to learn more about this disorder and how our sleep dentist, Dr. Katz, can help.
Sleep Apnea’s Effect On Your Brain
Sleep apnea (specifically obstructive sleep apnea is caused by an obstruction in the airway, which temporarily causes you to stop breathing and wake up from your sleep. People oftentimes suffer the effects of sleep apnea multiple times a night, resulting in inconsistent sleep patterns and low-quality sleep.
While sleeping, your brain sends messages to the rest of your body, creating different stages of sleep. These stages make up your REM cycle. During each stage of sleep, your brain naturally releases occurring chemicals to your body, which contribute to its different functions.
If you’re constantly waking up in the middle of your REM cycle due to sleep apnea, the process of releasing chemicals to your body can be hindered and cause a chemical imbalance in your brain. This imbalance can make you feel a variety of emotions, which sometimes leads to mental health issues.
Mental Health Disorders Caused by Sleep Apnea
Unfortunately, mental health disorders are common among millions of adults. The National Alliance of Mental Illness says that about one in five adults yearly suffers from mental illnesses.
While everyone’s mental health is affected by different factors, sleep apnea has been found to be associated with the following disorders:
- Suicidal Thoughts
Finding Treatment to Restore Your Health
Sleep is vital to the body and its functionality. If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea symptoms, it’s crucial you seek professional help. After you visit your local physician for a sleep study, Dr. Katz can recommend a treatment plan to fit your needs.
If your mental illness persists after receiving sleep apnea treatment, your physician can recommend a therapist to diagnose and treat you properly. Contact our team if you want to improve the health of your mind and body.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can sleep apnea worsen an existing mental health condition?
Will treating my sleep apnea resolve my mental health issues?
In other cases, particularly with ADHD diagnoses, symptoms of a mental health disorder may actually be the result of unrecognized sleep apnea and may be resolved by appropriate treatment.
Can sleep apnea affect me physically?
- Weight gain
- High blood pressure
- Develop cardiovascular conditions
- Type 2 diabetes
- More likely to get sick often
- Lack of healthy growth and development
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Achieve Better Sleep Quality For Better Mental Health
Untreated sleep apnea can worsen your sleep and well-being. Receiving treatment can help alleviate your symptoms and you’ll regain your sleep quality once again. Call our Greensboro office at (336) 346-8988 to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Katz. You can also fill out our contact form below to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Katz proudly offers his years of expertise to patients in the Greensboro area as well as the surrounding areas including Winston-Salem, Whitsett, Summerfield, and Kernersville, NC. We look forward to seeing you.