Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining good health. It helps protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and even your personal safety. Have you ever tried driving when you’re exhausted? Then you know you’re only putting yourself and others at risk. What’s more, quality sleep helps your brain function properly and allows your body to heal and fend off major health complications.

A study of 384 women was conducted to demonstrate how insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affect each other. The study concluded that, in women who had sought medical help for both insomnia and snoring (a common OSA symptom), these issues increase the likelihood of the other occurring and result in impaired sleep.*

Insomnia

People with insomnia have difficulty falling asleep, wake up often during the night and have trouble going back to sleep, wake up too early, and feel tired when they do wake up. Chronic insomnia occurs at least three nights per week and lasts at least three months. Common causes of this sleep disorder are anxiety, stress and depression.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

When your throat muscles relax and block your airway, it causes loud snoring and other symptoms like constant waking during the night gasping for air.

According to the study, these sleep problems compound each other, causing sufferers to lose out on quality sleep and quality of life. At TMJ & Sleep Therapy Center of Granger, IN, we provide relief to those suffering from OSA symptoms so that they can regain restful sleep that’s vital to keeping them healthy. If you experience trouble sleeping, please call our office at 574-968-5166 to schedule a consultation.

*T. Akerstedt, J. Schwarz, G. Gruber, J. Theorell-Haglow, E. Lindberg. Women with both sleep problems and snoring show objective impairment of sleep. ELSEVIER. 10, August 2018.