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Loss of productivity
The impact of sleep on productivity

Has someone ever told you that you had dark circles under your eyes and looked tired? Do you feel tired, irritable? Do you lack concentration? Has your productivity dropped? If you have ever gone through this, you might have a sleep disorder.

However, do you really know what productivity means? It is the outcome of your production. It means obtaining the most out of each one while using well the available resources. In all companies, teams’ low productivity has several negative consequences. While in many cases this stems from poor management policies, in others it has to do with diseases many workers have but are not aware of.

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Many complain they cannot get enough sleep at night or they experience daytime fatigue from a poor night’s sleep. This might be a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome. Do you know what Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome and its consequences are? Let’s dispel the questions you might have about it.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) is a widespread disorder characterized by upper airways obstruction during sleep, usually accompanied by a drop in blood oxygen saturation, followed by a transient arousal from sleep to breathe.

Pauses in breathing last 20 seconds on average, but in severe cases they might last up to 2 minutes and happen several times during sleep. Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) is a risk factor for cardiovascular conditions such as hypertension, heart attack, CVA (stroke), and arrhythmia.

In order to diagnose this disease, healthcare professionals might request sleep-monitoring tests. To this end, one option is Sleep Apnea Digital Monitoring (SADM), the Biologix Sleep Test. This is a test you can conduct at home -simple, convenient, and effective, with no need to sleep in a sleep lab. Before going to sleep for the night, just place the Oxistar sensor, which is a high performance oximeter, on your finger and start the test using the Biologix App. Upon waking up, click on “end test” to get the result in a few seconds by e-mail.

This diagnosis can also be established by means of a more complex test called Polysomnography. In this case, patients are required to sleep for one night at a sleep lab, where they are monitored using sensors that record the passage of air through nose and mouth, blood oxygenation, heart rate, brain activity, as well as chest and limb movements.

It is important to diagnose Obstructive Sleep Apnea, since its consequences have a considerable impact on people’s quality of life, affecting mainly their daily life activities. OSA can cause stress, depression, hypertension, decreased libido, excessive daytime sleepiness, etc. 

Once diagnosed, patients should start treatment as soon as possible. Treatment typically includes changes in lifestyle, such as losing weight, and the use of a breathing assistance device during the night. Examples of these devices are a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine (CPAP) or, in milder cases, an intraoral device (IOD).

At the same time, you might follow a few tips aimed at increasing your productivity. Take advantage of the tips below. Write down a list of the main activities you will undertake, in decreasing order of priority, which will clearly show you where you should begin. Have a good night’s sleep. Unplug everything that might interfere. Exercise regularly and eat healthy food.

Combining treatment with these tips, you will be able to feel, at the end of a day, that you have been productive.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this blog aims at assisting you in your education and is not intended to be construed in any manner as medical advice. Only physicians and dentists can diagnose diseases and prescribe treatments and medication. Thank you for visiting our website.

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