Sleep Apnea and Your Mental Health

Sleep Deprivation Takes a Toll

f you’ve ever tossed and turned at night, it’s likely you’ve experienced fatigue and irritability the next day. Losing hours of sleep makes it difficult to function and perform even the simplest tasks.

And if you suffer from sleep apnea, this is an ongoing battle that can take a toll on your overall well-being. Sleep apnea is a common disorder that affects almost 22 million Americans, causing patients to frequently wake up each night due to a blockage in the airway that makes them completely stop breathing.

When a sleep apnea episode occurs, the interruption in your breathing signals your brain to wake your body up, gasping for air. Though most patients don’t remember waking up, this sleep disorder can result in serious consequences to your health.


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How Lack of Sleep Affects Your Brain

Waking up several times throughout the night interrupts your REM sleep cycle, which is when your brain sends important messages to your body for processing. If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, your REM sleep cycle experiences several disruptions during the night.

This causes a chemical imbalance in your brain, triggering a variety of emotions and this may contribute to mental health problems. Without a good night’s rest, your body is unable to function properly, making everyday duties more challenging.


Sleep Apnea and Your Mental Health

When your brain experiences a chemical imbalance, it’s likely you’ll become more irritable and have trouble processing your emotions. Unfortunately, those who suffer from sleep apnea face a higher risk of developing depression and anxiety.

If you have a mental health disorder and suffer from sleep apnea, getting treatment for your sleep disorder can deliver beneficial results, improving your overall well-being.



Feel Reenergized Again With Dr. Rice

It’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible if you’re suffering from sleep apnea. If left untreated, it can lead to serious consequences to your mental and physical health.

As a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Rice is one of only a few hundred dentists in the United States certified in Fotona Twin laser treatments for snoring and sleep apnea.

To learn more, call our Brentwood practice at (615) 373-4488 or fill out the contact form below. Our friendly staff can also schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with Dr. Rice so she can explain our treatment options in detail. Don’t wait another day -- start getting a better night’s rest with the help of Dr. Rice.


Practice Update Regarding COVID-19

To combat the spread of COVID-19, our office will only be offering virtual consultations to help evaluate the condition of your sleep apnea and discuss treatment options.


Please submit your information here for a call back from our team. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call at 615-373-4488 and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we look forward to providing you with the highest quality care once we are able to return to our normal hours.


Thank you!


Kellye N. Rice

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