Summer is here, and with it comes a whole laundry list of tasks. If you’re a homeowner, this could mean taking care of the lawn, planting tomatoes or squash, or finally getting around to cleaning that deck, and if you’re a student, maybe that means planning your getaway or applying for scholarships. Either way, if last summer is any indication, you’re going to need help staying productive.
If you’re a perfectionist, procrastination can be hard to overcome — especially if you’ve been having trouble concentrating or just feel low on energy. Before you order that self-help book, however, or reach for another coffee, you may want to consider this question: are you getting the quality of sleep that you need?
The Relationship Between Sleep and Productivity
The relationship between productivity and sleep is becoming more and more apparent. A recent study published by Harvard, found that that the average worker lost about 11.3 days worth of productivity each calendar year due to poor sleep. Sleep can affect memory, emotional health, and our ability to concentrate. That’s because sleep is essential for our brain to function.
Do You Have Sleep Apnea?
Do you feel like you’re getting enough sleep but still waking tired? Have you made a habit of checking the time when you go to bed and wake up? Then it’s possible you have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in your natural breathing cycle or shallow breaths during sleep. Though our bodies naturally pause breathing during sleep, doing this over a certain threshold can affect our blood oxygen levels, increasing the chances of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and stroke. If left untreated, sleep apnea can not only kill your productivity, it can eventually kill you.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Because sleep apnea occurs during sleep, it can be notoriously difficult to diagnose. For many patients, often the only symptoms are difficulty concentrating and a general lack of motivation.
Some other symptoms include:
- Frequent nighttime urination
- Daytime headaches
- Daytime sleepiness
- Waking up and gasping for air
If you’ve been drinking an overabundance of coffee just to mow the lawn, finish a book, or get out and tend to the garden, more caffeine might not cut it. Talk to your doctor about sleep apnea.
Traditional treatment for sleep apnea generally includes a clunky CPAP machine that can be hard to clean, and can keep you up at night. But if you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, it’s possible we can help with a more comfortable and more convenient alternative to CPAP. Sleep dentists have a solution that is as effective as CPAP, but a lot easier to adjust to.
If you are tired of feeling tired and want to get a good night’s rest, please call 940-322-2252 or contact us today for an appointment with a sleep dentist at StarImage Dentistry in Wichita Falls, TX.