We previously touched base on 4 reasons why treatment is necessary for sleep apnea. In this next segment we will finish with three more reasons why sleep apnea treatment is a must. Let’s take a closer look at the remaining three reasons:

1. Avoid Morning Headaches

A common symptom of sleep apnea is morning headaches. When you stop breathing, two things might occur:

  • Carbon dioxide levels in your blood increase
  • Oxygen levels in your blood go down

When you have higher levels of carbon dioxide in your bloodstream, it causes the blood vessels to dilate, and when the blood vessels are in the head and brain dilates, it causes vascular headaches. These headaches will typically go away within a half hour of being awake when breathing returns the balance of carbon dioxide and oxygen to normal. By seeking treatment you can encourage normal breathing at night to eliminate headaches caused by sleep apnea.

2. Perform Better at Work or School

When you wake up exhausted, it can interrupt your concentration, attention span and even your memory. A lack of sleep at night causes your brain to have a tougher time processing things during the day, which then can spill into your daily life in many ways—it can even affect the quality of work you are producing. As you may know, when you are tired you are more prone to:

  • Making errors
  • Having trouble recalling important information
  • Having trouble paying attention
  • Lacking the motivation to want to get work completed

To excel at work or school it is important that you get quality sleep every night. The best way to do this is get your sleep apnea treated.

3. Reduce Your Risks of Accidents

Lack of sleep goes hand-in-hand with performance at work and accidents. Sleep deprivation can cause actual accidents and disasters. With a decrease in your attention span, it can cause accidents in the workplace and while driving. Some of the worst disasters in history have been linked with sleep deprivation, including the nuclear disasters at Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, the Challenger explosion, and the Exxon Valdez oil spill—can you imagine being responsible for those events due to a lack of sleep? We can’t either, so take charge of your sleep and seek treatment for sleep apnea immediately.

Contact Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Center to find out your options for proper sleep apnea treatment.