Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that can be quite serious. People who have this have their breathing repetitively stop and start throughout the night. While this can interrupt the sleep schedule and lead to fatigue, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a new study has shown that having sleep apnea can actually cause you to age more quickly than someone who does not have a sleeping disorder. Continue reading to learn about why this happens and some signs that you or your partner could have sleep apnea in Lakeway.
This study involved 622 adults, both men and women, with an average age of 69 years old. Participants were measured for blood DNA methylation, and their sleep was being evaluated at home by polysomnography. The researchers then studied participants’ blood to look for epigenetic changes in their DNA. In the end of the study, it was determined that the participants who had the highest severity of sleep-disordered breathing had accelerated epigenetic aging. This trend seemed to affect women more than it did men.
If you or your partner have the signs and symptoms listed below, it could point to sleep apnea:
Depending on the severity of the condition, sleep apnea may be treated in any of the following ways:
If you think you may have sleep apnea, talk to your dentist in Lakeway about sleep apnea therapy. Together, you can find a solution that works for you!
About the Author
At Eaddy Dentistry, you have two skilled family dentists. Dr. Winston Eaddy has been working in the dental field for more than four decades, and he is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and Texas Dental Association. Dr. Daniel Eaddy pursued his DDS from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry, and he has received advanced training at the VA in all specialty areas of dentistry. Sleep apnea therapy is an option at their practice. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit their website or call (512) 263-4252.