There are more than 80 sleep disorders affecting 7 out of 10 people in America. Busy lives, stressful schedules, over committing to activities, school, work, travel – all of these contribute to many sleep disorders affecting Americans today. Sleep disorder is defined as a medical disorder of the sleep patterns of a person. Sleep disorders are incredibly dangerous because they can interfere with normal physical, mental, social, and emotional functions of a person. It is often difficult for a person to realize that they have a sleep disorder themselves because the symptoms occur while they are sleeping (or at least trying to sleep).
One of the first symptoms that people recognize on their own regarding sleep disorders is constant fatigue during the day, despite thinking that they got a full night’s rest. Another symptom of a sleep disorder, that you may be aware of because your partner has told you, is snoring. Extreme snoring is a great indicator that your sleep is interrupted at night. Insomnia (the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep) and restless legs syndrome (RLS) are two other common sleep disorders. All of these can negatively affect your ability to sleep; therefore, your body is unable to recover from the day.
The two most dangerous symptoms of any sleep disorder are: loss of oxygen and the body’s inability to rest. Sleep apnea occurs when the body does not receive an adequate supply of oxygen during the night. Snoring and an obstructive airway are the most common causes of sleep apnea, and they need to be addressed by a sleep professional. The inability for a body to receive the rest that it needs is incredibly dangerous as well. The body is designed with a sleep/wake pattern – the body must sleep in order to recover from each day. When they body is unable to receive adequate rest, it will begin to shut down physically, mentally, and emotionally. Accidents occur daily because of people’s minds and bodies being too tired to function properly – and many of these accidents are fatal to themselves and to others.
At Georgia Dental Sleep Disorders, Dr. Mitul Patel, DDS, is a sleep expert who specializes in helping patients who suffer from sleep apnea, insomnia, snoring, and other sleep disorders. If you are suffering from inadequate sleep and its adverse effects, please contact Georgia Dental Sleep Disorders today.
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