Every now and then we all deal with restless nights. It could be stress related, caffeine related, or something unexplainable. But there are many out there who deal with bad sleep on a regular basis, whether dealing with something like insomnia or sleep apnea. Because we need our sleep, a lack of it can lead to other issues.The health risks of bad sleep are numerous, so it’s important to seek treatment immediately.
If you need more of a nudge to see a specialist, just check out these 4 health risks of bad sleep.
Health risk #1: Serious fatigue
If you deal with a sleep disorder, you probably already know that no matter how early you go to bed or how late you sleep in, you’re gonna feel tired. This tiredness and fatigue can lead to accidents at the workplace, at home, and on the road. Putting yourself and others in danger is not worth the risk.
Health risk #2: Diabetes
According to nhs.uk, persistent lack of sleep under 5 hours can lead to type 2 diabetes. The reason for this is that a lack of sleep changes the way our bodies break down certain glucose.
Health risk #3: Heart issues
This is the scariest one. Lack of sleep can lead to things like heart disease, irregular heartbeat, and even heart attacks. If none of the previous reasons were enough, let this one motivate you to get a sleep study.
Health risk #4: High blood pressure
This one might not seem as bad as the previous, but high blood pressure actually leads to other major health conditions like heart disease and stroke.
Don’t wait to receive diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. If you suspect sleep apnea, the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute offers at-home sleep studies so you can be assessed in the comfort of your own bed.
To schedule a same-day or Saturday appointment, call 770-740-1860 or fill out the form at the top. For more information on one of our sleep apnea treatments, fill out the form to the right.