Updated: Oct 15, 2020
If you were having sharp chest pains, would you ignore them, or would you go to the doctor?
If you felt lumps in places where they shouldn't be, would you ignore them, or would you go to the doctor? If you were consistently unable to get a good night's sleep, would you ignore it, or would you go to the doctor? The answer to the first two questions should be obvious. Of course you'd take those problems to the doctor, because we understand that symptoms like that can be telltale signs of a potentially deadly illness. It seems obvious. And it seems equally obvious that bad sleep, while a frustration and an annoyance, is not something dangerous or fatal; certainly nothing that you'd need to bother your doctor about.
But that's just not the case.
We have a problematic perception of sleep that diminishes how essential it is, and doesn't consider the consequences of sleep disorders as high or even moderate risk. The truth of the matter is that the risks are high.
It's estimated that 90% of people with sleep apnea, one of the most common sleep disorders, don't even know they have it. While it undoubtedly drains their energy, leaving them tired and foggy, it's just not seen as something that's worth talking to a medical professional about.
This attitude needs to change.
While the short term consequences of disorders like sleep apnea aren't especially dangerous, they do severely lower quality of life. These are things like:
Lack of concentration
The long term consequences are completely different. Leaving a condition like sleep apnea to run unchecked can lead to issues like:
Significantly increased risk of heart attack and stroke
Sleeping well makes life so much better, and poor sleep can be a sign of something far more nefarious than 'a few bad nights'.
If you, or someone you know has trouble sleeping and getting enough sleep, then please get in touch with us. We'd love to help.
This article is from Keystone Medical Media, a sub-entity of Keystone Content.