In a rapid-pace world, getting the most out of your time is becoming more and more important. Not only are you trying to live your best work-life, but you’re trying to cook healthier, go to yoga twice a week, take care of children, and work on that passion project. With so many tasks, it’s no wonder the self-help industry makes billions of dollars a year. The truth is, however, that getting a new planner and being more mindful of the tasks you’re doing everyday can only go so far. Also, you’re going to need sleep.

Even though sleep is often the first thing you cut when you have a busy week, it should really be the last. Getting the right amount of sleep can boost your mood, energy levels, and also help your productivity. By improving your recovery from distractions, helping to prevent burnout, and improving your memory, more sleep can produce a healthier and more productive you. But what if you’ve been going to sleep at the right times but are still feeling tired? If that’s the case, something could be disrupting your sleep.

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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that is characterized by disruptions to our breathing cycle while sleeping. Our bodies naturally pause between 2-4 times in one cycle, but if this happens past a certain threshold, it can be characterized as sleep apnea, which can dangerously lower our blood-oxygen levels. If these levels are out of sync for too long, it can increase your likelihood of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

The most common form of sleep apnea is OSA, or obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs when air passages become obstructed by several different factors, including, sinuses, the size of your tongue, and the size and shape of your throat.

How Does Sleep Apnea Affect Productivity?

Regardless of the amount of sleep you get, sleep apnea can reduce your sleep quality. When your oxygen levels get too low, your brain has to partially awaken to resume breathing, which keeps you from reaching the deep, restorative levels of sleep. This lack of quality sleep can lead to depression, lack of focus, and lack of motivation, making it much more difficult to perform complex tasks which may be required in your professional life or at home. Getting better quality sleep more consistently will ensure that you are as productive as you need to be during the day.

What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is notoriously difficult to self-diagnose because the symptoms take place while we’re unconscious. The most common symptoms is snoring, which is usually spotted by a partner — although various apps such as sleep cycle will record signs of snoring. Other symptoms include, frequent nighttime urination, feeling unusually tired during the day, or even headaches. If your first inclination when you get up is to brew a pot of coffee, you may be affected.

If you think you may have sleep apnea, talking to your doctor is recommended. Left undiagnosed, sleep apnea can be incredibly dangerous. Those who have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are looking for treatment, you should talk to Wilmington, NC sleep dentist Dr. Michael Kuzma.

If you would like to learn whether you qualify for convenient and simple snoring and sleep apnea treatment, please call (910) 392-6060 or email Kuzma Advanced Dentistry.