Winston-Salem & Greensboro, NC
Are you stuck, unable to focus because of not getting enough sleep? Instead of thinking about work, you are likely thinking about sleep. We love to think about sleep a lot, because- well, we love sleep, and we also know it is important for our health and well-being. We know there are a lot of people out there who don’t get enough sleep. Researchers found that over half of American adults don’t sleep for enough hours at night. Not getting enough sleep isn’t good for your body, and your mind suffers as well. One of the most common sleep disorders is called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can cause you to miss hours and hours of rest that you need. If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can be fatal, which is alarming. If you think you might have sleep apnea, there are treatments for you to help you feel better and sleep better as well. Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates can tell you all about sleep apnea and treatments for it.
What Are the Signs of Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea sounds like something bad, and it definitely is. Twenty-two million Americans are affected by sleep apnea. Sleep apnea disrupts your sleep multiple times every night. If you have sleep apnea, you stop breathing for several seconds while you’re sleeping. When that happens, your body has to wake you up to restart your breathing pattern. Your body is constantly waking up in the middle of your sleep, in order to restart your breathing. Most likely, you have no idea what is happening during the night, but you are losing hours of sleep each night.
Sleep apnea has definite signs. You may snore really loudly. Your partner may notice that your snoring is deafening. Your partner may also notice that you stop breathing during the night as well. You might notice that you wake up exhausted every morning, even though you are sleeping all night. You may wake up every morning with a headache, you may have high blood pressure, and you may even have insomnia.
There are people who are more likely to have sleep apnea than other people. If you are obese, you have a greater chance of having sleep apnea. If you have a large neck- greater than 17 inches- you are also at greater risk for sleep apnea. People in their 40s and 50s are at a higher risk for sleep apnea, and men have sleep apnea at higher rates than women. People with high blood pressure are at a higher risk for sleep apnea.
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
We understand that sleep apnea is scary, there are treatments for sleep apnea. Many patients with sleep apnea can use a CPAP mask, which forces air into your lungs to help you breathe better at night. Many people don’t like wearing the mask. You may also have a procedure done to reduce the size of the tissues in your throat. Scientists think the excess tissue contributes to people who have sleep apnea, because it may block the throat.
If either of these treatments don’t seem like a treatment for you, we have a third option. We can make you an oral appliance to help you breathe freely. Many people like this option because it is portable, it is non-invasive, and there’s no noise involved. These appliances move the jaw forward, so you breathe easily.
If you think you might have sleep apnea, why don’t you give Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates a call at (336) 331-5271? We’d love to talk to you about sleep apnea and how it is treated.