Sleep is not a luxury

For a lot of people, getting a good night’s sleep and feeling well rested throughout the day is an indulgence. With busy workdays and inconsistent sleep schedules, it is no wonder people struggle with tiredness and other serious health concerns stemming from sleep deprivation.

Roxanne Brooks is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Adult Sleep Coach who consults out of the CanSleep clinics, a medical consulting company that provides treatments for sleep-related disorders and specializes in sleep apnea. Brooks, who works by referral from the Clinical Therapists, said there are several things that people do throughout the day that affect their sleeping habits, both in positive and negative ways. She suggested that the time at which you exercise, have your last coffee, or watch TV can drastically affect your sleeping habits and overall quality of sleep.

Other sources of sleep deprivation can result from medical causes, a common disorder being Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Often misdiagnosed and underreported, OSA is a breathing disorder that occurs when there is a blockage at the back of the throat, impeding on a person’s ability to breathe. While many may misdiagnose OSA as fatigue or snoring, it can have severe health consequences, resulting in heart disease, depression, type II diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Restful sleep is a necessary aspect of a healthy lifestyle. It is imperative for many essential bodily functions, including memory, cognition, and a strong immune system. Prolonged sleep deprivation has also been linked to eye disease, weight loss, and even death; while it is unclear how long people can survive without sleep, studies show that hallucinations begin within 11 days and people have died within 32 days.

The consequences of prolonged sleep deprivation can be dangerous for you and those around you. Whether you have trouble sleeping because you watch TV late at night, or because you suffer from untreated OSA, the Registered Nurses and Respiratory Therapists at CanSleep Services can help.

To learn more about CanSleep Services, visit www.cansleep.ca, call 1-844-753-3740 or email info@cansleep.ca. You can also find CanSleep Services on Facebook. To contact Roxanne Brooks, visit www.foodforsleep.ca or email rbrooks@foodforsleep.ca.  

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