Sleep disorders and Work Performance

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Sleep disorders and work performance: “How was your work day?”

sleep-disorders-and-work-performanceHave you had some bad days at work recently? Do you find that you just can’t get enough sleep and are tired at work? Do you find that you can’t focus at work because you are always feeling tired?  If your answer is yes, it is likely that you have a sleep disorder which can affect your work performance.

If you don’t address this problem soon you might find that the lack of sleep can affect your job performance. It may not be as good as it should be. It’s easy to miss deadlines if you’re not getting enough sleep at night and can’t concentrate. Not being able to focus at work may spoil your reputation and you could even lose your job.

Patients with untreated sleep disorders may find them delve falling asleep in meetings, especially after lunch.  Falling asleep in a meeting is not the impression you want to make on your boss.  Patients who drive for a living have up to a 1500% increase in motor vehicle accidents do to excessive sleepiness and slower reaction times when driving.

What is making you so tired?

Even if you think you are getting enough sleep, you may not be getting the right quality of sleep. You need to reach a deep sleep state in order to restore your body and revitalize it for the day ahead. This won’t happen if you are continually waking up throughout the night.

It could be that you are suffering from the sleep disorder condition known as sleep apnea. This condition happens when your airways become blocked from time to time while sleeping, causing you to wake up.  It is something that can keep on happening all night and can rob you of your sleep. Another symptom of sleep apnea is constant, loud snoring and if you are unaware you snore, then your partner will soon tell you!

A good sleep at night brings productive days

If the fact that you can’t sleep properly means you are always tired, then it is time to do something about it before you find you have lost your job due to poor work performance. There are some dental sleep apnea treatments available that don’t involve drugs and one popular and successful one is the Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP).

This device helps sleep apnea sufferers as it is placed in the mouth at night to open the airways. This allows oxygen to pass through the airways to the lungs without any obstacles in the way. The TAP works by forcing the lower jaw further forward, which prevents the collapse of your airway.  This means that breathing can continue without disturbance.  We ensure that the TAP is a good fit so that it does its job properly.

You should notice the improvement in your breathing quite quickly and you should get a lot more sleep as well.

Rock your work world once again

If you are feeling tired all the time and know it is affecting the way you work, you need to find out the root cause. You should have your medical condition confirmed through a thorough examination.

If you discover that you have sleep apnea or another type of sleep disorder then dental treatment can bring you relief from constant tiredness and better performance at work, too.

Sleep Disorders and Depression

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Sleep disorders can lead to depression

sleep-disorders-and-depressionRegular sleep is a necessary part of life. If you fail to get enough of it because you are suffering from a sleep disorder you will bear the consequences.  Normally, when you start to feel sleepy at night, it’s a warning sign telling you to prepare yourself for sleep. To remain healthy, the amount of sleep necessary may well be up to eight hours a day. This varies from one individual to another.

If your body fails to get the right number of hours and at the right depth it can easily have an impact on your daily life.

You may:

  • become irritable
  • start to suffer memory loss
  • lack concentration
  • make mistakes and
  • suffer from depression

It is best to try and solve your sleep disorder rather than live with it.

The connection between sleep disorders and depression

The most common reason for sleep deprivation is something called sleep apnea. This is a condition in which you lose your ability to breathe properly and keep waking up gasping for air. This can happen several times an hour while trying to sleep. The amount of sleep disturbance due to sleep apnea may be too much for the body to bear.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), for instance, one of the two main types of sleep apnea, has links to depression. Studies show that people suffering from depression are five times more likely to suffer from OSA. Fortunately, there are ways to help those who suffer from both sleep apnea and depression.

Dental treatment could help you get back to healthy sleep

With the increase in knowledge about sleeping disorders, there are solutions available which can help you get more sleep. One popular dental technique provides the sufferer with OSA with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). This allows a continuous flow of air throughout the night so sleep problem are reduced and you will not snore nearly as much.

Research shows that the use of this device relieves the symptoms of depression in the long term; however, user of this machine often find it uncomfortable and noisy. There is another method that can be successful if you suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, and serves as a good alternative to CPAP. An oral appliance can be fitted that positions the jaw and tongue so that it sits further forward in your mouth. This allows the airway to remain open.

There are two types to choose from;

  • A mandibular advancement device (MAD) when the jaw is pushed forwards.
  • A tongue retaining device which prevents the tongue from obstruction the airway

Learn more

Depression is a complex medical issue and there are a variety of ways that medical professionals handle it. To be able to treat depression properly, you really need to work out the root cause of it.

If you think that your inability to sleep well at night is causing you to become depressed, then dental treatment for your sleep deprivation may help to become less depressed and feel more confident about your life in general.