Serving Brentwood, Belle Meade and Green Hills Areas of Nashville TN
No matter your background or where you call home, you know that smoking is bad for your health—a point that has been belabored so much that even many non-smokers are tired of hearing about it. You probably know that smoking can cause lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, premature aging, and other chronic, life-threatening problems. But, did you know that smoking also can cause insomnia?
If you are experiencing trouble sleeping, your Nashville dentists at Devine Dentistry want to share some information with you that may help you sleep better tonight.
How smoking messes with your sleep
Smoking disrupts your natural biological clock and Circadian rhythms. Specifically, smoking disrupts the genes that tell you when you should be awake and when you should be asleep. You may have heard smoking cited as the reason why someone becomes sluggish, less active, or less productive. Some of these issues may be neurological in nature, or it may be linked to depression. However, consider that all of the mentioned symptoms also occur in a person who is not getting the proper amount of restful sleep on a nightly basis.
A sleepless night once in a while is no great cause for concern but, over time, a lack of sleep impedes your physical and emotional health. It also can affect your relationships with family and friends, as irritability and mood swings are common symptoms of living with sleep loss. Other symptoms of sleep loss include difficulty concentrating, lapses in judgment, poor performance at work and school, or unexplained weight gain.
If you are smoking, this is yet another reason to throw away that last pack and put down cigarettes for good—once and for all! Have you already decided to quit? If so, this is already a very good step in the right direction of improved health. Remember that, the sooner you quit smoking, the more you minimize the potential long-term damage to your health and body from the behavior. Also, if you succeed in kicking the habit, you may find soon that sleeping soundly becomes much easier.
Your Nashville dentist can treat for sleep disorders
Did you know that smoking also could lead to an airway issue that can cause a sleep breathing disorder like sleep apnea? This disorder causes blockages in the airway that either impede or completely stop breathing, disrupting the sleep cycle as your brain signals the body that breathing has been interrupted. A person with an advanced, untreated case of sleep apnea may experience these blockages hundreds of times per night. Patients with untreated sleep apnea also face a higher risk factor for chronic, systemic, life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and depression.
If after you quick smoking, yet you still find that sleep continues to be a struggle, the Nashville sleep apnea dentists at Devine Dentistry can help.
Sleep Better in Nashville
Seek treatment today and contact the office of Devine Dentistry during normal business hours by calling (615) 269-4209 to schedule a consultation where we will schedule diagnostic procedures that can detect the presence of sleep apnea.
Devine Dentistry is proud to provide comprehensive oral care for patients in the areas of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville in Tennessee.