There are many reasons that getting good sleep can make you healthier. Getting inadequate sleep, or getting disturbed sleep, such as happens if you have sleep apnea, can lead to bad lifestyle choices.

A Wide Range of Behaviors

Man falling asleep behind the wheelIn this observational sleep study, researchers looked at more than 37,000 adult Finns, some for as long as 12 years, and looked at the impact of getting short sleep or disturbed sleep on a number of lifestyle factors.

They found that people with short or disturbed sleep were 20% less likely to quit smoking than those who got persistent, normal sleep. People with disturbed sleep were also 23% more likely to start drinking alcohol in a high-risk fashion, 17% more likely to become physically inactive, and 12% more likely to become overweight or obese.

Researchers noted that these lifestyle choices were all associated with lifestyle-related morbidity and mortality.

Get Better Sleep for a Better Life

Many of us think that we’re doing our part for getting good sleep if we’re going to bed on time, but for most of us, it’s more complicated than that. It’s important to have good sleep habits.

But if you’re practicing good sleep habits and spending enough time in bed, and you’re still not getting enough rest, you should consider whether you have sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea may mean you’re waking up hundreds of times a night and yet you’re completely unaware of it. You may wake up with headaches and find yourself tired all day long.

Because sleep is a cornerstone of a healthy life, not getting enough sleep can make it hard to make other changes and choices that can lead to a healthier life. With sleep apnea treatment, you might find it’s easier to do things like quit smoking, get active, and keep to your diet.

If you think sleep apnea is interfering with your lifestyle, please call (402) 493-4175 for an appointment with an Omaha sleep dentist at the Advanced Dental Sleep Treatment Center today.