Sleep Disordered Breathing causes your sleep cycle to reset multiple times during the night. This not only affects how you feel when you wake up, but has also been linked to a number of life threatening conditions:
Sudden drops in blood oxygen strain the cardiovascular system by increasing blood pressure. Sleep Disordered Breathing also increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, abnormal heartbeat and atrial fibrillation.
Asthma, Allergies & Congestion
Nasal Breathing, the preferred method of breathing, warms, filters, and the humidifies the air, thus decreasing the amount of irritants that enter the body. These irritants can lead to increased issues of asthma and allergies. When mouth breathing occurs, there is an increase in the size of the adenoids and tonsils, further decreasing the functional airspace, necessitating the need to mouth breathe. Mouth breathing can cause improper tongue posture leading to an unbalanced muscular system within the oral cavity. This unbalanced system can cause a deformation of the jaws and lead to malocclusion.
Medical studies have found that there is an increase in cognitive impairment in patients with sleep disordered breathing. It has also been found that sleep disordered breathing causes a build up of beta amyloid proteins in the brain, a key marker for Alzheimer’s Disease.
Studies show that impaired sleep reduces the number of T-cells in the body, thus reducing the immune system's function.
People who have sleep apnea are at higher risk for mood disorders, especially bipolar disorder, and severe depression.
The endocrine system has a complex response to sleep. The secretion of some hormones, such as growth hormones, prolactin, and luteinizing hormone, increases during sleep. The secretion of other hormones, such as thyroid stimulating hormone and cortisol, is inhibited during sleep.
Considerable research has linked endocrine dysfunction and sleep dysfunction. Adults who report getting 5 or fewer hours of sleep a night were 2.5 times more likely to have diabetes, compared to people who sleep 7 - 8 hours per night. People who slept 6 hours/night were 1.7 times more likely to have diabetes than their peers who sleep longer.
If a person’s sleep cycle is altered by their inability to breathe properly, it can wreak havoc on many systems in the body.