The Vital Role Sleep Plays in Your life
If you’ve ever tossed and turned throughout the night and woke up feeling tired and irritable, you know how lack of sleep can negatively affect you. The average person needs about seven to nine hours of sleep each night for their body and mind to function at full capacity, and sleeping less may result in consequences to your health.
Sleep apnea occurs when your airway is obstructed while you sleep and causes you to wake up frequently. This can result in a poor quality of sleep or may cause you to only sleep soundly for half as long as people without sleep apnea.
How Sleep Apnea Affects Your Mental Health
While you’re sleeping, your brain regulates when to fall asleep, when to dream, and when to wake up. It also releases naturally occurring chemicals to control your emotions and cognitive functions while sleeping.
When this process is disturbed, your brain chemicals become imbalanced. This can leave you feeling groggy and irritable in the morning, and if this cycle continues, it can lead to more permanent conditions such as mental disorders.
What Mental Disorders Can Sleep Apnea Cause?
According to a health source, about one in five adults in America suffers from a type of mental disorder at some point. It’s likely that many of those people also suffer from a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea.
Mental disorders that have been linked to sleep apnea include:
- Suicidal Thoughts
Finding Relief For Your Condition
Suffering from the effects of sleep apnea on your body or mind can be stressful, but Dr. Mensah can provide relief. We recommend scheduling your no-obligation consultation to discuss your symptoms and discover a treatment.
Contact us at (855) 937-3432 or fill out our contact form to find the relief you need.