Do you feel tired or drowsy at all times of the day? Are you constantly irritable or having difficulty performing simple tasks? Are you constantly waking up in the middle of the night because you’re having difficulty breathing?
If you are, you could be suffering from these sleep deprivation symptoms due to snoring or sleep apnea. An estimated five percent of Americans suffer from this sleep disorder, that’s caused by a blocked airway. If you’re ready to tackle your sleep deprivation symptoms, it may be time to consult with your dentist in Oak Creek.
How does sleep apnea cause sleep deprivation?
For adults, eight hours of sleep is needed each night to gain enough rest and energy for the next day, but 29 percent of American adults get less than the recommended amount.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that is caused by abnormal breathing patterns. If your throat muscles relax too much during sleep, they can sink to the back of your throat, causing you to stop breathing. When your brain gets the signal that there isn’t enough oxygen going to your body, it wakes you up briefly, so briefly you might not even be aware of it. But it prevents you from getting enough deep sleep that’s so important for adequate rest.
It’s a dangerous condition that can not only disrupt your sleep and your partner’s, but can cause a host of medical problems like heart disease and diabetes. It can also put you at risk because you are much more likely to have an accident when you are sleep deprived.
Stop losing your breath
A common treatment, CPAP, an acronym for continuous positive airway pressure, pushes air into your lungs while you sleep, so your breathing never pauses. Obstructive sleep apnea can be treated by your dentist; sometimes a simple dental orthotic can solve the problem.
A consultation with your dentist can be scheduled to evaluate your mouth, teeth and your jaw, to determine the most viable options to treat this condition. If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea, download my free e-book, “A Sleep Disorder Can Kill You”.