Why Sleep Quality is Important for Your Overall Health
Did you know that quality sleep is necessary for our health? Getting the recommended eight hours each night can reduce stress, improve energy, and boost overall cognitive function. Conversely, poor sleep may lead to problems, like chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, or even heart failure.
The National Sleep Foundation has announced that March 13 – 19, 2022, is Sleep Awareness Week®. This week is a great opportunity to learn how to get the best sleep possible and treat chronic conditions, like sleep apnea. Dr. Avi Ishaaya is a leading authority on sleep and can provide helpful tips during an assessment in Los Angeles, CA. Call Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers to schedule a consultation or sleep study with our team today.
What causes sleep apnea?
Many different factors can cause sleep apnea. For some, the problem is caused by an obstruction in the airway, such as enlarged tonsils or a deviated septum. Excess weight or obesity also greatly increases your risk of sleep apnea.
Unfortunately, sleep apnea prevents your body from getting the oxygen it needs and leads to poor sleep quality, even if you spend the recommended 7 – 8 hours in bed. This can lead to a number of health problems, including heavy snoring, headaches, chronic fatigue, and a decrease in cognitive function. Sleep apnea even increases your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
What does sleep apnea treatment involve?
Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers offers comprehensive sleep testing in our state-of-the-art, fully accredited sleep lab. Dr. Ishaaya is proud to offer a variety of treatments for sleep apnea, depending on the severity of your condition. This includes a sleep apnea appliance like positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy. We may also treat your condition with automatic positive airway pressure (APAP) devices and accessories in Los Angeles.
What happens during a sleep study?
It is important to get a diagnosis from a qualified professional if you think you have sleep apnea. A sleep study at Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers is one of the best ways to determine if you have this condition and what type of treatment is right for you.
Sleep studies involve spending one or more nights in a sleep lab while your breathing and heart rate are monitored. This allows us to see how well you sleep and if you have any pauses in your breathing. We can also determine the severity of your sleep apnea and see how it affects your health.
How do I improve sleep quality at home?
Sleep Awareness Week is an ideal time to start making small changes to improve your sleep quality. Here are a few simple ways to get started:
Follow a routine before bed and avoid watching television or working on the computer in the hours leading up to sleep.
Create a cool, dark environment in your bedroom at night and avoid using loud or bright electronics devices before bed.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol right before bedtime. These substances can disrupt your sleep cycle and cause chronic fatigue.
Get regular exercise, but not too close to bedtime. Exercise helps you fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night.
Get a good night’s sleep
Now you can get the best sleep possible and improve your health. If you want to learn more about Sleep Awareness Week or are concerned about your sleep quality, contact Dr. Avi Ishaaya Centers to consult with Dr. Avi Ishaaya. We can perform a sleep study and offer comprehensive treatments for sleep apnea in Los Angeles, CA.