Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson helps patients dealing with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) all the time. Sleep is something many of us start depriving ourselves of early on in life. Think back to those first slumber parties you had as a child, where you and your pals dared each other to stay up all night. This continued into prom and grad night in high school. Pulling “all nighters” became a regular occurrence in college, whether your were partying or preparing for finals. As you establish your career and look for love in early adulthood, burning the candle at both ends (i.e. work hard/play hard) is common in American culture. Eventually, this chronic sleep deprivation can catch up to you, and do more damage than you realize.
How Much Sleep is Necessary?
Many people believe that eight hours of sleep is perfect. However, this is just a ballpark figure that depends on the individual. There are two elements working together to determine the quality of your sleep. Your basal sleep need is the term for the minimum amount of sleep you require for proper functioning. Your sleep debt is the accumulation of sleep loss which can build up if you lack sufficient sleep. Though you may not need exactly eight hours of rest, the average person does best with seven to nine hours every single night. Teenagers (not surprisingly) require more sleep.
Are your Sleep Issues Related to Sleep Apnea?
If you don’t sleep well at night, you will most likely feel very sleepy during the day. Is there an underlying reason for this? It could be OSA. Patients with sleep apnea literally stop breathing hundreds of times each night. Instinctively, the body jars itself awake temporarily to stimulate breath and keep you alive. This means you never get quality sleep and will most likely drift through life on a cloud of sheer exhaustion. According to the National Road and Motorists’ Association, fatigue is the cause of one out of every six fatal car accidents. If you feel exhausted and don’t know why, consider undergoing a sleep study to determine if you have OSA.
Sleep Apnea Help from Des Moines Dentist
Contact Dr. Johnson today. To schedule an appointment or a consultation, call our 50266 dentist office at 515-223-9764. We welcome patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.