About Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation…the killer loose in your bedroom…

Sleep breathing disorders in their various manifestations is arguably the number one U.S. health problem. Adequate sleep is vital to overall health, no less than water, air and food. It’s simply crucial to allow your body and brain to have the time it needs to be ready and refreshed every day. If you’re not getting enough sleep because of snoring, you need a snoring remedy.

When you sleep, your heart slows down and relieves the stress you’ve accumulated throughout your day. Your body needs time to decompress and gather more energy to face another morning. Your blood pressure drops, your body and brain refresh and rejuvenate. You decrease the severity of age-related diseases, controlling illnesses such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes and memory loss.

Impaired sleep can cause harm your heart by putting undue stress and strain on it. Cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, strokes and in some extreme cases, death, have been linked, to sleep loss. Chronic sleep loss hinders your body’s ability to perform even basic metabolic functions, including regulating your hormones.

Sleep deprivation causes excessive daytime sleepiness, irritability, depression, non and low productivity, daytime microsleeps and motor vehicle accidents. Lack of sleep leaves you impaired as much as being over the legal alcohol limit for driving.

• Ideal adult sleep time is ~ 7-8 hrs.
• Averaging 5-7 hrs doubles the risk of coronary artery calcification and <5 hrs more than triples the risk.
• Averaging 5 hrs doubles the risk of cardiovascular death.
• Over 40 percent of Americans average <5 hrs sleep.
• Getting 1 more hr of sleep has the effect of lowering b.p. 17mm.

Snoring is often a pre-cursor to a more serious problem, known as sleep apnea — those afflicted experience a blockage in their breathing airways, most without even realizing it. This blockage deprives them of getting oxygen regularly through each night. Sleep apnea has a significant impact on heart disease. Apnea sufferers also have an increase in developing high blood pressure – a major risk factor in developing heart disease and strokes.

Snoring = the sound of partially obstructed breathing, number one cause of lack of sleep (snorers and partners). About 40 percent of men and 24 percent of women snore habitually.  Twenty three percent of bed partners sleep in separate rooms because of snoring. Lack of sleep causes sleep deprivation that can only be reduced by sleeping at other times, which is not always possible.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a stoppage of breathing for 10+ seconds at a time (often 20-60+ seconds at a time), up to several hundred times each night. Not all people with OSA snore, but ~90 percent of loud habitual snorers have OSA.

The effects of sleep deprivation can lead to severe health concerns and sometimes an untimely death. Sleep deficiencies negatively affect your brain function, increasing your stress hormones and lead to depression.

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