Written by: on August 22, 2014 @ 9:42 am

Restless SleepHow many hours of sleep did you get last night? Do you think the amount of sleep you get affects your health? Do you think the average amount that you are sleeping has anything to do with your dental health?  Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, challenges you today with a short quiz on sleep and your health.

Questions

Q1. When I get too little sleep, my immune system may be:

a. Weaker than normal
b. Stronger than normal
c. Unchanged

Q2. If I am too tired to brush and floss before bed time, I should:

a. Forget about it and do it in the morning
b. Plan a time a little earlier in the evening to get it done
c. Brush for extra long the next night

Q3. Sleep deprived people eat:

a. More than non-sleep deprived people
b. The same amount as non-sleep deprived people
c. Less than sleep deprived people

Q4. The percentage of Americans who have reported clocking less than six hours of nightly sleep on average is:

a. 50%
b. 5%
c. 20%

Answers

A1: a. Less sleep often makes your mind and body feel tired and run down. A tired body results in a weakened immune system. Low immunity lessens the body’s ability to fight off germs and bacteria. The same is true for your mouth. A lack of sleep eventually can lead to gum disease.

A2: b. Brushing and flossing twice per day keeps the plaque and germs away. If you blow it off because you are tired, you allow the day’s sugar and acids to build up in your mouth. Plaque leads to tooth decay.

A3: a. People are more likely to reach for fast food and comfort food when they are tired. One study showed that sleep deprived people eat an average of 300 more calories per day.

A4: c. Sleep deprivation is abundant in the U.S. with 20% of Americans reporting an average of less than six hours of sleep each night.

Visit your Farmington Hills Dentist

A common cause of sleep loss that we hear about in our office is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).The lack of oxygen that comes with this condition can lead to high blood pressure, stroke, depression, heart attack, and diabetes.For all of your dental needs, call Comfort Dental Spa in Farmington Hills, Michigan at (248) 474-6434 to reserve an appointment with Dr. Aziza Askari.

Catogories: General Dentistry, Sleep Apnea

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