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Cognitive Impairment and Sleep Deprivation

There’s no denying that sleep is an important part of our lives. It can help us stay alert and productive during the day. It affects our mood, our weight, and can aid in a healthy lifestyle. When we lose sleep or simply can’t sleep, it can throw our whole system off. Sleep deprivation can cause many waking problems, including depression, stress, thinking problems, memory problems, and extremely dangerous cognitive impairment.

Cognitive impairment is a bigger problem than many may think. Imagine you are operating a car sleep deprived. Your alertness isn’t what it should be, which could be a life or death situation under the wrong circumstances. It can also cause issues like critical mistakes at work that could cause big problems and put your employment in jeopardy.

But getting sleep isn’t as easy as it seems for some. Insomnia is one cause of lack of sleep, but another cause, sleep apnea, can be just as dangerous. Sleep apnea occurs when the airway becomes blocked during sleep, causing difficulty breathing. This causes the body to repeatedly stop breathing. This causes you to wake constantly during an apnea episode. All this waking and falling back asleep not only causes a drop in your oxygen saturation, it also causes you the same kinds of problems a lack of sleep causes: depression, weight gain, stress, thinking problems, memory problems, and cognitive impairment.

Thankfully, there are solutions to sleep apnea and snoring. Dr. Peterson offers both Nightlase and sleep orthotics, both of which can help you achieve your desired sleep results. Sleep orthotics are custom-crafted to fit your individual mouth, and comfortably prop the airway open as you sleep. Nightlase uses a laser called the Lightwalker laser to strengthen the tissue in the airway so that the airway props itself back open on its own. Nightlase can reduce the instance of snoring by fifty percent immediately after treatment, and can reduce the signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.

If you find yourself suffering from cognitive impairment or other sleep apnea or snoring-related issues during your waking hours, there is help available. Contact Dr. Peterson’s office and schedule a consultation today.

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