Sleep Wellness, Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Sleep Wellness: 1 of the 3 Pillars of a Healthy Lifestyle

Research suggests that sleep health is as important to your overall well-being as diet and exercise.

Despite growing awareness of the importance of sleep, it’s easy to neglect sleep health in the course of our busy lives. But, short-changing good sleep has consequences, some much more serious than just yawning at the breakfast table.

Without quality time in deep and R.E.M. sleep, memory, cognitive functioning and alertness all suffer. And, daytime drowsiness doesn’t just affect performance at work or school - it can be downright deadly – as it has been linked to fatal car and heavy machinery accidents.

Are you getting enough quality sleep? Don’t ignore the signs of poor sleep health.

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Snoring: More Than Just Sawing Logs

While almost 50% of American adults snore, this common occurrence can be a sign of something more serious. About 1 in 2 adults who snore have a condition called obstructive sleep apnea or sleep apnea. While snoring doesn’t always mean sleep apnea, loud snoring is often a tell-tale sign of sleep apnea.

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Don’t close your eyes to the risk

Snoring is often written-off as a natural part of getting older or putting on a few pounds. But, it’s more than just a nuisance or sign of age, snoring and sleep apnea can have serious health consequences.

Sleep apnea takes people out of deep sleep into lighter sleeper stages, decreasing overall sleep quality. Sleep apnea can cause a number of nasty side effects including the release of stress hormones, robbing your body of energy, weight gain, skin aging, and more. There is also evidence that sleep apnea leads to a greater risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, certain cancers and even sudden death. The stakes are just too high to ignore the signs of sleep apnea.

Remember, it’s not just about you

While you may feel your snoring or sleep apnea is not affecting the quality of your sleep, your partner may feel VERY differently. Over 41 percent of women who say they aren’t getting enough sleep are disturbed by their partner’s snoring (although women suffer from sleep apnea too). Your snoring or sleep apnea could be significantly compromising your partner’s sleep health and can be a real cause of stress and separation in a relationship. Don’t let this happen.