You've likely heard all your life how many hours of sleep you're supposed to get each night. Well, it's not just an old wives tale, there's medical legitimacy behind the numbers.
It's recommended that adults aged 18 to 64 require seven to nine hours per night, and those aged over 65 require seven to eight.
Yet still, even with this decades-long recommendation, 35.2% of all adults in the U.S. admit to sleeping less than seven hours per night on a regular basis. It's highly likely sleep apnea is the culprit in many of these cases.
Every. Single. Day.
Do you know what this is like? Do you experience this regularly, and simply write it off…
"It's just the busy time of year."
While these statements can be accurate, blowing off these daily symptoms can actually be detrimental to your health.
Obstructive sleep apnea is more than just snoring, it's considered a serious medical condition. And because of a lack of restorative sleep at night, people with OSA often deal with severe daytime drowsiness, fatigue and irritability.
It's also very common for them to experience more frequent bouts of anxiety and depression. This comes from the brain being in a near-constant state of panic as it fights off your own body while it tries to suffocate you in the night.
They also are at a higher risk of accident or injury due to their difficulty concentrating and finding themselves falling asleep at work, while watching TV or even when driving.
This disorder is prohibiting you from getting a full night's rest and it's drastically impacting your life - even if you don't directly attribute it as the main cause.
There are solutions available, and there is no better time to get the help you need. Especially now, at the beginning of the busiest and most stressful time of year, you can take back your sleep AND your life to ensure you are the safest, healthiest and most well-rested version of yourself.