Ask a Friend About Their Sleep
We all know someone that’s struggling with their health in one way or another. Maybe they suffer from anxiety and depression, maybe they have an attention deficit or struggle to focus, maybe they have high blood pressure or struggle to manage their weight. How many of us ask those friends or family members about the quality of their sleep? We encourage you to ask a friend about their sleep because a sleep test may save their health.
Why Do We Sleep?
It’s no secret that sleep is essential. We do it everyday, and our body’s crave it when we don’t get enough or it’s been a while since we last drifted off to la la land. Sleep allows the body and mind to recharge, to take a break from the outside world for a bit and focus inward for a change. Good sleep leaves you refreshed and alert when you wake up and staves off diseases. Without it, many of our body’s systems can’t function properly.
Major Side Effects of Poor Sleep
It’s not something many of us connect our problems to right away but truthfully, sleep influences and even dictates the quality of our health in numerous ways. Beyond the expected fatigue and daytime drowsiness, poor sleep can also affect:
- Capacity for thinking, learning, and problem solving
- Attention, judgment, concentration, and alertness
- Heart disease, heart attacks, heart failure, and high blood pressure
- Weight gain and diabetes
- Anxiety and depression
- Release of cortisol (which breaks down the collagen that keeps skin smooth and elastic)
- Release of human growth hormone (which helps muscle mass, thicken skin, and strengthen bones)
Why Ask Someone How They Sleep?
So what does this all mean for you? What does it mean for potential friends or family that may be suffering from a health condition? It means their condition might be a result of poor sleep. Why might they have trouble sleeping? Maybe they struggle to breathe at night so they toss and turn. They might snore or wake up in the middle of the night choking and gasping for air but they’re half-asleep so they don’t remember in the morning.
Ask a friend about their sleep next time they confide in you about their health. A “how have you been sleeping lately?” may be the question they haven’t considered or been asked yet. And if they’re not sleeping well, a sleep study may just put them on track to getting the relief they’re looking for.
Sleep and Airway Treatment in Lynnwood, WA
If that friend or family member doesn’t know what to do next, point them in the direction of Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics and suggest they contact Dr. David Buck. Consultations can be scheduled by calling 206-316-8286.