Missing Teeth May Increase Risk Of Insomnia

August 22, 2018

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Another reason to take care of your teeth. People who look after their teeth are less likely to suffer from insomnia, new research suggests. The study reviewed retirees and found those with less than 10 teeth often do not get the recommend amount of sleep, with some getting by on less than four hours. It is thought that missing teeth affects how the tongue lies in the mouth, which may lead to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition where the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, interrupting normal breathing. Insomnia can increase an elderly person's risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and depression. By comparison, those older people with 20 teeth are the most likely to get the recommended seven hours of shut eye a night. The results of this study imply that interventions that promote dental health would support healthy ageing among older adults by helping them to maintain adequate sleep.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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