Sleep Apnea May Be Impacting You in More Ways Than You Know...
Posted by Gary Alder Nov 22,2023
Sleep Apnea May Be Impacting You in More Ways Than You Know…
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when breathing stops and starts repeatedly during sleep. This can cause you to stop breathing for ten seconds or more at a time throughout the night. These pauses in breathing cause your body to wake up just enough to start breathing again. You may not even remember these awakenings in the morning, but they will disrupt your sleep and leave you feeling exhausted the next day.
Sleep apnea is most common in adults over the age of 40, however it can affect anyone at any age. It is estimated that more than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that can have life threatening consequences if left untreated. It has been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other health problems.
The most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Daytime sleepiness and fatigue
- Morning headaches
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mood swings
- Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up
- Restlessness at night
- High blood pressure
- Weight gain
- Memory loss
- Decreased libido
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, it’s important to see your doctor as soon as possible. They may recommend a sleep study to diagnose your condition. If diagnosed with sleep apnea, there are several treatment options that can help such as:
- Life-Style Changes
- losing weight, quitting smoking, and avoiding alcohol before bed.
- NightLase® Treatment
- Non-invasive Er: YAG laser treatment that alleviates the impact of sleep apnea and reduces snoring intensity by strengthening tissue.
- Oral Appliance Therapy
- Oral appliance therapy involves wearing a custom-made oral device in your mouth while you sleep. The device helps to keep your jaw in a position that keeps the airway open.
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machine
- CPAP machines are one of the most common treatments for sleep apnea. The machine delivers air pressure through a mask worn while you sleep. The pressure keeps your airway open and prevents your upper airway from collapsing as you breathe.
- In some cases, surgery may be recommended to treat sleep apnea.
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