Happy Holidays from Aspen Dental

These two words can translate into many different realities for people. Some are filled with the joy of celebrating and gathering with loved ones. Others are excited and stimulated by the brightness, shine and glitter of the season. The holidays can be an assortment of wonderful things for people and yet for some it can quickly morph into overwhelming feelings associated with longer than usual to-do lists.

Naturally, as the season progresses, some people experience mixed emotions that evolve from feeling cheerful to feeling near panic-stricken. Ask any parent (or grandparent) around the holidays about preserving the practice of Santa Clause. Let’s examine what that process shapes into from a parental perspective.  The children draft lists for presents and then the requests are mailed to the North Pole. The best part is that perfect gifts arrive just in time and in the right color, size and shape. Oh, and the gifts are beautifully wrapped too! It’s effortlessly elf magical.

The reality is, behind every element of holiday charm and carefully decorated home, present, cookie, card, tradition, and cooked meal, there are dozens of preparation hours poured into “magically” making memories happen. Supplementing the sheer bliss of running around to ensure that loved ones feel perfectly special during the holidays, there are also more events to attend and extra food and beverages to enjoy. During these festive days, it is common for people to experience a shortage of energy, time, resources, and SLEEP!

For many people, sleep is considered a luxury and not a necessity for sustaining life. This is why, often times, during the holiday crunch time, sleep is the first health necessity to be trimmed short and even go without. Unfortunately, next to food and water, sleep is the most crucial aspect of fueling our minds and bodies. When people go without, with not enough, or without the quality sleep that is needed, then everything (in regards to overall health and wellness) and (too often) everyone around them pay the price.

The repercussions of sleep loss or lack of quality sleep can have short-term and long-term consequences. It can immediately affect mood, mental clarity and weight. Ultimately, sleep and airway issues can also compromise cardiovascular health and impact an ongoing list of co-morbidity health factors such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

There are signs that can be used as indicators to possible issues with sleep health and airway obstructions. A few of the manifestations are: snoring, falling asleep in the middle of the day (or daytime fatigue) and witnessing breath suspended in a loved one during sleep. If you, or someone you know, experience any of these signs and symptoms, please contact us immediately for help.

We wish everyone a safe and healthy holiday season. We also encourage you to make your health and the health of your loved ones the gift you offer during this holiday season. What could be more important?

We will be offering our Complementary Sleep Apnea Screenings through January so act quickly and call today. (303) 399-0400.

We wish you and your loved ones all of the very best during this season and the new year to come!