Adults

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 such as:

 

Cardiovascular Disease

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. 

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Asthma, Allergies & Congestion

A man holding his nose looking sad with puffy eyes exhibiting nasal 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. 

 
 

Cognitive Issues

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.

an older man looking confused while reading a calendar exhibiting cognitive issues like poor memory

Decreased Immunity

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Studies show that impaired sleep reduces the number of T-cells in the body, thus reducing the immune system's function.

Interrupted and shortened sleep cycles cause a 70% reduction in natural killer cells which greatly impacts the body's ability to fight off cancer cells.

 
 

Mood Disorders

People who have sleep apnea and other sleep disordered breathing conditions are at higher risk for mood disorders, especially bipolar disorder, and severe depression.

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Endocrine Problems

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. 

  • People who slept 6 hours/night were 1.7 times more likely to have diabetes.

If a person’s sleep cycle is altered by their inability to breathe properly, it can wreak havoc on many systems in the body.

an alarm clock which reads 2am in front of a man in bed holding the sides of his head poor sleep
 

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