The Dangers of Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea : Men Edition

By: Kashika Jha

Everyone knows the general rule about sleep, "you need to get about 7-8 hours of sleep as a relatively healthy adult".

However, no one talks about how ineffective the duration of sleep is, if the quality of sleep is not optimal. In fact, in today's "HUSTLE" mentality, we have categorized sleep as luxury when modern day science considers sleep as of one the primary needs for survival. 

There are numerous factors that affect the quality of our sleep, from caffeine, blue light exposure, lack of exercise and poor eating habits to some of the lesser-known causes like sleep apnea. 

Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder in which a person repeatedly stops breathing while sleeping. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is one of the most common sleep apnea and men are twice as likely to be diagnosed than women. Some of the most common symptoms include loud snoring, excess daytime drowsiness, awakening with dry mouth, nighttime sweating etc.

In order to understand how sleep apnea can affect a man's body, we must first understand what goes on in our body while we sleep. From nervous system, cardiovascular and respiratory to digestive and reproductive systems depend on the rest we get to replenish themselves. 

Our nervous system works on creating new neural connections that improve memory, concentration and overall enhancing critical thinking skills. A lack of proper rest also leads to poor mood, poor concentration, quick temperament and emotional instability. In men, these factors possess potential of violent and dangerous outcomes.

          Now imagine how our sleep deprived brain, the pilot of our engine, controls the rest of our body.

          It has been proven that men who sleep less often have a difficulty losing weight. Since the sleep deprived digestive system cannot process and remove waste, weight gain is common. Excess weight gain can lead to high blood pressure and blood sugar levels, diabetes and leaves the body vulnerable to killer cardiovascular conditions like cardiac arrest and strokes.

          Lack of sleep prevents the brain from sending signals to our body to repair our reproductive systems. In men this leads to low testosteronal production, low mobility in sperm and even erectile disfunction and infertility. A low testosterone also affects sex drive which can further induce negative emotions like rage in men.

At RIGHTDME, we believe the best way to combat any unforeseen atrocity is to take every preventative measure. We urge you to try our virtual consultation and discover whether the quality of your sleep is beneficial or harmful to you.

After all, knowledge is the most powerful medicine.

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