Brain in a Fog? It Could Be a Sleep Problem
It’s not a surprise that sleep deprivation can lead to difficulty concentrating. But one night of tossing and turning versus constant sleep issues can make a big difference in how deep the issue is. If you have a sleep disorder, you can be constantly tired and unable to focus.
Sleep apnea has been shown to affect brain function, hindering professional achievement, damaging personal relationships, and increasing your risk of serious injury. Learn more about how your concentration could be decreasing your quality of life.
How Poor Concentration Can Affect Your Life
Work Performance and Unemployment
It’s hard to work productively when you’re having trouble concentrating. When you’re sleep-deprived, it’s nearly impossible to learn new things and retain information. If you’re trying to perform complex tasks, you may have trouble being able to work through a problem due to decreased cognitive function from lack of sleep.
People with sleep apnea are more likely to experience involuntary unemployment. Adults with sleep apnea more often experience multiple involuntary job losses and may have difficulty with employment.
Greater Potential for Automobile Accidents
Driving when you’re tired can be extremely dangerous. People with sleep apnea are linked to a higher likelihood of being involved in an accident. Not only is there a risk of falling asleep behind the wheel, but your reaction times can also be impaired. That means you’ll be slower to get out of the way if someone else makes a mistake.
Operating a car safely also requires a great deal of focus. If your attention is drifting away from the road, you could be putting your life at risk.
Difficulty Connecting With Friends and Family
If you find yourself losing focus while someone you love is talking, that can affect your relationship with them. You may have trouble concentrating during conversations and interpreting interactions, heightening the likelihood of misunderstandings.
You may feel tired and have trouble interacting with people, leading to isolation. This can be painful for everyone involved and leads to strained relationships.
Dr. Iregui Can Help You Sleep Well
Fortunately, you have sleep apnea treatment options that can improve your energy and concentration. While most doctors prescribe CPAP for sleep apnea, many people find these machines uncomfortable and inconvenient. Fortunately, CPAP isn’t your only option.
Dr. Iregui can create a custom oral appliance that’ll relieve your sleep apnea. Her patients love their oral appliances because they often work just as well as CPAP, but they’re easier to use and more portable. An oral appliance fits comfortably in your mouth and can help you regain your ability to concentrate and connect with the world around you.
Contact Us to Schedule Your Consultation
If you suspect sleep apnea is the culprit behind your symptoms, Dr. Iregui and our Gig Harbor team can guide you towards a better life. To learn more about treatment, contact our office by calling 253-204-2643 or by sending us a message through our online contact form. We’ve helped many patients improve their lives with oral appliances, and we’ll do our best to help you, too.