Sleep disorders and sleep deprivation can affect your health and quality of life. It can cause poor work performance, put you at risk for accidents, and affect your mood.
When you are sleeping, your body recovers from daily stress. However, oxygen deprivation and brain arousals, during sleep, prevent your body from recovering. The only way to find out if you have sleep apnea or a sleep disorder is to undergo a sleep test. If your physician or dentist suspects you have a sleep disorder, he or she will refer you to a sleep clinic and have you tested under the supervision of a sleep specialist.