We wake up tired, we endure thanks to coffee and the idea of sleeping approaches our mind. However, once in bed it does not seem so easy to fall into a peaceful dream to arrive rested the next day.
Since sleeping is as important an activity as exercising, eating well or living a stress-free life, it has been the subject of study by numerous researchers in order to identify what may be the limitations when it comes to falling asleep.
The light from electronic devices (such as smartphones or computers), a hearty dinner or drugs like alcohol can make our nights a complete challenge. The last thing that reaches our ears, and unexpectedly, at the hands of the University of Buffalo, is the relationship between size of our language and the difficulty of falling asleep.
People with large tonsils and tongues have more trouble sleeping
The study led by researcher Thikriat Al-Jewair, has suggested that the role of dentists in identifying signs for diseases such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), it is vital to diagnose the condition in time and to elaborate the treatment.
The reason? The researchers found that both tonsils and tongue are good markers of the structure of our mouth and at the same time of our health, since they must take up their space in the cavity. In people suffering from obesity, these two elements usually have a larger size, and curiously, as the study has verified, obese people are 10 times more likely to have OSA.
Sleep apnea affects more than 4% of adults worldwide
In their study, the researchers analyzed signs of sleep apnea in a total of 200 participants. A method was used to identify them using the Berlin Questionnaire, a technique that is usually used to detect it.
Then, they took as reference a series of risk factors associated with OSAS, such as weight, neck circumference, blood pressure, and the size of the tonsils and tongue.
The results showed that more than 23% of the participants had a high risk of suffering from sleep apnea, in which more than 80% were men.
Although the role of dentists in identifying sleep apnea is not decisive, it does help health professionals treat people who may encounter sleep problems and are unaware of their condition.
Source | University of Buffalo