Falling Asleep While on the Job?

It’s late and you have to get up early for work tomorrow, but there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done.  So you stay up way past your bedtime, and you pay for it the next day. Meanwhile, you try to compensate for your lack of sleep by hitting the coffee pot several times throughout the day.  This is a scenario that is all too familiar for most Americans; however, even going to bed early and getting a recommended seven to eight hours of rest each night (as an adult) is not always going to guarantee that you perform your best the next day if you suffer from sleep apnea.

Take for instance former Oakland Raider rookie quarterback JaMarcus Russell.  He was the number one overall pick for the NFL draft in 2007, and seemed to be in the height of his career.  However, as the season progressed, Russell had a hard time staying awake during team meetings.  After being prompted by his quarterback coach to see a doctor about his sleep issues, Russell was finally diagnosed with sleep apnea.

Russell had an incredible college football career at LSU, but his career with the Oakland Raiders has been described as “a disaster” that cost the Raiders 39 million dollars, and prompted a cap on rookie salaries. Russell blames his shortcomings partially on his sleep apnea, but also partially on his teammates and coach, Tom Cable.  Overall, he has spent the past few years trying to stay out of the limelight, but recent reports state that he is trying to play for the Professional Indoor Football League’s Louisiana Swashbucklers.  I guess we will have to wait and see if Russell can redeem his football career.  Hopefully he is undergoing sleep apnea treatment, like those offered by Austin Dentist, Dr, Dan Matthews.

Even though Russell was not staying out all night and going to bed at a decent hour, with sleep apnea, the concern leans more upon the quality of sleep you get and not the quantity.  A lack of quality rest due to sleep apnea can lead to various symptoms including sleeplessness, lack of concentration, depression, irritability, memory and learning difficulties, and falling asleep while at work, on the phone, or even while behind the wheel. 

Overall, asleep apnea happens when the muscles in the throat relax, and with the help of gravity, causes the tongue to fall back and block your airways.  This blockage then temporally suspends your breathing throughout the night causing a depletion of oxygen in the entire body.  This is very dangerous because without oxygen, the cells in our bodies cannot regenerate, and will eventually degrade, leading to all sorts of other problems, including falling asleep at work the next day.

Studies performed at the Center of Snoring and CPAP found that 90 percent of people who snore also suffered from sleep apnea.  So if you are falling asleep at work, like Russell was, or have been told that you snore, it would be in your best interest to get checked out for sleep apnea and seek treatment.  Dr. Dan Matthews, a cosmetic dentist in Austin, can set you up with the proper sleep apnea treatment you need for your pre-diagnosed sleep apnea disorder.  Call his office today, or schedule an appointment online.

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Austin, Texas, 78746
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