Sleep apnea is a very serious health condition that can have long-term consequences for your happiness, health, and even your life. Because these dangers are so serious, we have a tendency to focus on them as the main reasons why you should get sleep apnea treatment.
However, there are also many benefits of getting sleep apnea treatment that you’ll feel immediately. For some people, these benefits are actually the main reasons to treat their sleep apnea.
Wake Up Rested
One of the biggest signs of sleep apnea that people notice is that they never seem to get enough sleep. No matter what time they go to bed and how long they think they sleep, they always wake up tired.
That’s because no matter how much sleep you think you’re getting, you’re not actually getting very much if you have sleep apnea. Instead, you’re waking up regularly at night, perhaps hundreds of times a night, and that keeps you from getting the rejuvenating rest that you need.
But as soon as you start treating your sleep apnea, you’ll actually be able to rest at night. You won’t believe how much of a difference that makes.
Have Energy All Day
Sometimes people don’t feel the lack of sleep first thing in the morning. Instead, they are more likely to notice it during the middle of the afternoon. They may doze off at their desk, behind the wheel when commuting home, or shortly after getting home when trying to watch the news or their favorite TV programs before or after dinner.
And it can be just as bad on the weekends. You might have a full day of plans for Saturday or Sunday, but you find you only have energy for the morning, and by the afternoon you’re done. You spend most of your weekend trying to “catch up” on sleep, but you never seem to be able to.
Snoring and sleep apnea are closely linked. Treating your sleep apnea will likely reduce or eliminate your snoring. If you are a loud snorer, you are probably tired of all the fights that come up as a result: complaints from your spouse or them trying to wake you up or roll you over in the middle of the night. Imagine how much nicer they’ll be when they’re also getting a full night’s sleep.
Sleep apnea doesn’t just have physical effects, it can have very serious psychological effects. Many people with sleep apnea are diagnosed with depression as a result of their poor sleep and inability to maintain regenerative REM sleep.
Other people are very irritable and moody. It’s no wonder, too, if you’re getting only a fraction of the sleep you’re supposed to get. When you aren’t getting enough sleep, you tend to be impatient and you likely lack empathy to deal with other people around you.
People with sleep apnea often experience weight gain for a couple of reasons. First, sleep apnea interferes with the way your body metabolizes energy. Second, it reduces your body’s ability to utilize oxygen when you’re exercising. This makes you get out of breath too quickly so you can’t exercise as much. But when you treat your sleep apnea, you’ll find that you can exercise more and you may actually lose weight.
Plus, treating sleep apnea can improve sex drive and lead to improved sexual performance and satisfaction for both men and women.
Are You Ready to Enjoy Life More in Columbus?
If you have sleep apnea in Columbus, OH, and are looking to enjoy life more, we can help. We offer sleep apnea treatment that’s an alternative to the usual CPAP. It’s a comfortable, convenient oral appliance that can be just as effective, but is easier to use. We may even be able to cure your sleep apnea with the DNA appliance.