Daytime drowsiness can affect the way we think, feel, and work, but it is the least of our concerns when it comes to sleep apnea. In fact, there are much more serious problems when it comes to disrupted sleep.
Since your body cannot enter the REM cycle of sleep, your internal systems will work extra hard to repair your tissues. Plus, the airflow blockage leads to less oxygen entering your organs, which can cause a host of other problems, including the following concerns.
- A lack of sleep can cause migraines and severe headaches.
- Chronic fatigue and tiredness during the day lead to memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and drowsiness. This is extremely dangerous when operating machinery or vehicles.
- Over time, loss of sleep and oxygen can affect your cardiovascular system. This includes heart conditions as well as high blood pressure.
- Increases your risk of cancer.
- Due to increased stress during sleep and waking hours, bruxism (teeth grinding) and TMJ disorder often develop from sleep apnea.
If you notice daytime fatigue, snoring, or other symptoms, then don’t hesitate to contact us before matters get worse. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Goodling and Dr. Rosen in Wilmington by calling us at (302) 994-0979.