Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sleep apnea and sleep deprivation

While there are many harmful side effects to sleep apnea such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, gout, depression and many more, the most immediate problem is being tired or being sleep deprived. This is one side effect that you see constantly from early in the morning to late at night.

What is sleep deprivation?

Sleep deprivation is simply receiving a lack of sleep regularly or even occasionally. The causes of sleep deprivation are many besides sleep apnea. It could be emotional issues that aren’t dealt with or medications or something simple like eating too late at night. But the consequence of lack of sleep can be very dangerous or even fatal in the case of sleep apnea.

One of the things that I have written about is adrenal fatigue which can also be caused by other sleep disorders such insomnia. Brain damage is also a concern if you don’t have the right amount of rest. But the most damaging and serious side effect of lack of sleep is heart disease. Sleep apnea with its cessation of breathing and limiting of oxygen is a big factor in heart troubles.

Sleep is a vital time that the body uses to rest and restore functions like memory and blood sugars. Try to make sure that you get your proper amount.

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