Sleep Apnea & Your Health
22 million people suffer from sleep apnea.
100 million Americans have diabetes.
These two conditions can have a significant impact on your daily functioning and overall health.
If you have sleep apnea, the chance of developing diabetes increases significantly. Up to 83% of people with type 2 diabetes suffer from unrecognized sleep apnea. What’s the connection?
The relationship between the two is a vicious cycle that feeds into itself, with poor quality sleep raising blood sugar levels which in turn, causes restlessness at night and additional overeating. When this happens, blood sugar levels can rise to the point where it can damage your organs such as the eyes (glaucoma), kidneys, and heart.
The first step in addressing these health issues is to discuss your sleep habits with your dentist, especially if you are tired or fatigued on a regular basis. If you are diabetic, we definitely need a sleep test to see if your sleep is causing or contributing to your diabetes. If that is the case, let us perform a sleep test, which is done in the comfort of your home, to ensure that you are getting a solid night's sleep.
Here is to a restful evening!