Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Making Sleep a Priority a Painless Choice

It’s Sleep Awareness Week, and the National Sleep Foundation has unveiled the results of its annual Sleep in America™ poll. This year’s survey focused on the impact of pain on quality sleep.

The national poll found that a majority of American adults suffer from some type of recurring pain. For these respondents, pain resulted in an average “sleep debt” of approximately 15 minutes to over 40 minutes. In contrast, 65% of the people who reported not experiencing pain said that their sleep quality was good or very good. On average, these people sleep 18 to 23 minutes more than their counterparts who experience regular pain.

According to the Foundation’s report, people who don’t get the quality of sleep they need due to pain experience a number of negative effects, including:

  • Higher stress levels, including anxiety about the impact lack of sleep might have on their health
  • Greater tendency to wake up during the night (sleep sensitivity)
  • Sleeplessness due to environmental factors
  • Interference in their emotional state and personal and professional activities
Making an effort to get more sleep tends to correspond with greater quality and quantity sleep, even among people who experience pain. If you suffer from sleep apnea or other disorders that affect your ability to get a good night’s rest, you know the importance of sleep and the need to set aside enough time to get a healthy amount.

If you’re not getting the sleep you need and you know you need to make positive steps to change that, please call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today. A local sleep specialist can counsel you on treatment options for sleep apnea, pain, and a variety of other issues. 

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