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by Dr. Rondeau
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Lack Of Sleep And The Effects On Behavior
If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, besides just dealing with sleepless nights and daytime fatigue, research shows that it has a big impact on behavior. I’d like to share an article in Sleep, a publication that is put out by the Sleep Research Society, that discusses a sleep study with interesting findings on the effect of lack of sleep on certain human behaviors. Read on to find out more.
The article reveals a sleep study conducted on 123 participants that measures how sleep deprivation affected the willingness of participants to engage in everyday activities. As we know, sleep is an essential biological need and is so strong that it overrides other human needs like socialization and physical activity.
During the study, participants underwent sleep deprivation, and what they found was their motivation for other normal everyday activities dropped. They didn’t want to spend time with others and lacked interest in exercise and even going to the grocery store. On the other hand, they were highly motivated to get back to sleep to the point that they were willing to pay money to go to bed.
If you’ve felt like this before, you are not alone. Sleep disorder symptoms are vast, as this study proves. Our goal is to get you back to a better sleeping pattern as well as a better quality of life.
In case you are interested in reading the article, here is a link to it: https://academic.oup.com/sleep/article/43/6/zsz291/5648004
We hope this information gave you some additional insight into why sleep apnea therapy is an important and vital part of your overall health. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.