someone with a sleep disorderThere’s a disorder that affects more than 18 million Americans. However, 90 percent of them don’t even know that they have it.

No, it’s not a mental disorder, or even a substance disorder.

It’s a disorder called sleep apnea and it deprives the body of the oxygen it needs during sleep. This causes people with the disorder to wake up many times throughout the night because the body is starving for oxygen. This also means that millions of Americans suffer from exhaustion after a night of restless sleep.

While the very nature of sleep apnea itself makes it a dangerous disorder, there are a number of other reasons that you should get checked for the condition if you suffer from daytime exhaustion.

1.     It increases the risk of car accidents

Because people with sleep apnea do not get enough sleep, they are more than 2X more likely to get into a car accident than people without the disorder. It also puts them at a higher risk of industrial accidents.

2.     It increases your risk of other ailments

People with the disorder have a higher risk of developing other illnesses and disorders including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attack stroke and early death. Some studies even report that the life expectancy of people with sleep apnea is lowered by 20 years if left untreated.

3.     It can cause depression

People who suffer from lack of sleep often fall victim to depression. People with the disorder suffer from exhaustion that is caused by numerous interruptions during sleep. This causes lack of energy and eventually can cause depression.

If you are experiencing daytime sleepiness you may have sleep apnea. Left untreated, this disorder can cause you serious harm. Often, it is harder to spot the disorder in women. Chronic snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea. However, women do not snore as much and have a tendency to report vague symptoms of the disorder, which makes it harder for professionals to diagnose the disorder.

At Forest North Dental, we can treat and diagnose the disorder for patients who think they may suffer from it. Do not let sleep apnea go untreated, if you or a loved one experience symptoms of the disorder visit us or call us at (847) 234-4405 today.

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