It has been shown that not getting enough sleep, as well as sleep disturbances throughout the night, are directly linked to the development of metabolic disease–specifically, obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Recognizing this dangerous connection, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jerry Strauss, emphasizes the importance of identifying those at risk, which includes people who suffer from sleep apnea.
Those with sleep apnea experience pauses in their breathing at night, which often prevents them from getting the quality of sleep they need. The condition can lead to a number of health problems, including heart disease and stroke, and research shows diabetes may be another.
Recent studies reveal that sleep loss leads to insulin resistance and an increased drive to consume energy-dense foods. This is especially problematic for shift workers and those with abnormal circadian sleep rhythms. Dr. Strauss suggests those who have difficulty getting an adequate amount of sleep be proactive about improving it. Whether one seeks to better manage stress, follow a more consistent sleep schedule, or acquire a CPAP or oral appliance to treat sleep apnea, he says improved sleep quality can potentially help people reduce their risk of developing diabetes.
Dr. Strauss strives to create awareness for the health concerns associated with poor sleep quality. He encourages anyone who thinks they may have sleep apnea to seek a professional’s help to determine whether an oral appliance is necessary. By addressing the relevant issue, the risk of developing a metabolic disease may be lowered.
If you have any questions regarding sleep apnea, or wish to set up a consultation with Dr. Strauss, please contact Aesthetic Dental Care today.