Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village, CA
Are you less productive than you want to be? Do you find that you get frustrated that you are not your best, physically or mentally speaking? Many of us are striving to get ahead… and the thriving self-help industry is living proof of that. The secret to self-improvement isn’t found in a book or motivational speech. Improving yourself starts by improving your sleep.
There’s a possible link between poor sleep and diminished cognitive function
In 2018, researchers at the University of Chicago released a study that examined patients with abnormal glucose tolerance—either in the form of pre-diabetes or full-fledged diabetes. The study, which was published in Acta Diabetologica, looked at the level of cognitive function of 162 individuals, who had an average age of 54.8, examining the duration and efficiency of their sleep through the use of an actigraph device measuring motion. The scientists evaluated cognitive function by using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment.
Their findings? Patients who were measured with greater sleep efficiency also were found to score higher on the cognitive function assessment.
Take ownership of your sleep
A good night’s rest is so important and you can make changes to your environment and lifestyle to improve the quality of your sleep.
Any of these factors can make a significant improvement in your sleep:
- Make sure your bedroom is both dark and cool; the recommended temperature is at least below 68 degrees.
- Cut off all screen time at least an hour before going to bed.
- Try to go to bed and waking up at a consistent time every day, even on weekends.
- Avoid caffeine after mid-afternoon or later, and refrain from drinking alcohol in the evenings.
Perhaps you already have tried some of these tips—or all of them—but your sleep has not improved. Sometimes even using a natural sleep aid such as melatonin may not leave you feeling any better rested than before. If you find that you wake up tired no matter how early you are going to bed, then your poor sleep actually could be caused by obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a serious medical problem
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you experience disruptions to your natural breathing cycle while you sleep. These interruptions may be partial or complete; either way, they interrupt the flow of air, lower oxygen levels in the blood, and break the natural sleep cycle, thus depriving you of the physical and mental restoration that occur during the deepest stage of sleep. If you have sleep apnea, you definitely are not getting high-quality sleep. Moreover, living with untreated sleep apnea magnifies your risk factor for chronic diseases such as obesity, stroke, diabetes, heart attack, and even cancer.
Get better sleep in Agoura Hills
Why live with any of those risks? If you have been struggling to get a good night’s rest, the sleep apnea dentists at Integrative Dental Arts by calling (818) 889-0400. We treat patients in the areas of Agoura Hills and Westlake Village, California.