How Sleep Apnea Can Affect Daily Life
Sleep apnea is not only about snoring and keeping your partner up at night. It can also negatively affect how you function throughout the day. In addition to excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep apnea can make even the easiest of tasks feel overwhelming, simply because you did not get a good night’s sleep.
Read on to learn how sleep apnea impacts your mood, cognitive abilities, and possibly your relationships.
Not sleeping well not only makes you tired, it can also impact your cognitive abilities. Without restorative sleep, your brain is unable to function as well as it should. You may find yourself being more forgetful, have trouble concentrating, and realize that routine tasks seem harder than usual.
Sleep apnea that remains untreated can also cause mood fluctuations. Without quality sleep, it is not uncommon to feel more irritable without provocation, be more tearful than usual, and even feel depressed without reason. Ongoing fatigue, combined with the inability to get a good night’s rest, can make you feel like certain situations are hopeless.
Negatively Affect Work Performance
Being exhausted all of the time can negatively impact work performance. You may find yourself missing important deadlines, continually making mistakes, and not meeting performance benchmarks. Colleagues and superiors may also notice a decline in your job performance and want to know the reason why.
Being too tired can also create tension in your relationships. Without restorative sleep, your temper may be quick to flare, causing problems in both your personal and professional relationships. Ongoing irritability can make others feel attacked when you engage with them.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you think you have sleep apnea or have been diagnosed but cannot tolerate CPAP treatment, we can help. Contact eos Dental Sleep, conveniently located in Philadelphia at 215-241-0700.