ARE YOU GETTING THE SLEEP you need? Restless nights are unpleasant, but we usually put them behind us and move on with business as usual. But for many people, every night is a struggle for sleep.
Do You Experience These Symptoms?
- Daytime sleepiness
- Loud snoring
- Waking throughout the night, sometimes gasping for breath
- Waking up NOT feeling refreshed
- Waking with a sore or dry throat
- Morning headaches
Often, your sleep partner will be the first to notice long pauses in your breathing while you sleep. If you’re seeing these signs, DON’T ignore them.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing throughout the night. The muscles in your throat relax and collapse, obstructing your airway. When this happens your brain is shocked awake to fix the problem. You’re actually choking yourself awake, often hundreds of times throughout the night.
Long-Term Side Effects Of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can put a lot of strain on your body. First, your body keeps releasing stress hormones to wake you up and prevent suffocation. And, you’re missing out on your body’s best way of coping with stress—a good night’s sleep.
Sleep apnea increases your risk of:
- Memory loss
- Weight gain
- Heart problems like hypertension and heart attack
How Do You Get Started?
Identifying and treating sleep apnea is important to us, because we see the huge difference it makes in our patients’ lives.
If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, don’t ignore it! Speak to your physician. He/she may prescribe a CPAP machine, but there are other options. We can fabricate “night-guard” like mouthpieces that will comfortably keep your airway. Most people prefer these mouthpieces to the CPAP machine.
Often times your medical insurance will cover these mouthpieces, but your physician needs to prescribe one first. If you wish to bypass insurance we can fabricate one without a prescription as well. In either case talking to your physician about your sleep issues is important.
Please call or email us if you have any questions, or would like to get started.