Rest Easy- A Simple Way to Improve Your Sleep 

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Are you consistently logging 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, only to wake up feeling tired and groggy? Are you asking yourself why do I sleep so much and never feel rested? If so, you may be experiencing the effects of a potentially serious yet treatable condition known as sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a prevalent sleep disorder characterized by interruptions in breathing patterns during the night, impeding your body’s ability to obtain the crucial rest it requires. This disruption leads to pronounced daytime fatigue, persistent snoring, diminished cognitive function, and, alarmingly, can contribute to significant heart health complications.

The primary culprit behind sleep apnea is the obstruction or collapse of the airway during sleep, resulting in repeated pauses in breathing. These interruptions can last from a few seconds to minutes and may occur numerous times throughout the night, disrupting the natural sleep cycle and preventing the individual from entering restorative deep sleep stages.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Symptoms of sleep apnea often include chronic daytime exhaustion, even after seemingly sufficient hours of sleep, loud and persistent snoring, abrupt awakenings accompanied by choking or gasping sensations, morning headaches, irritability, and difficulty concentrating during the day.

Left untreated, sleep apnea can have severe consequences on both physical and mental health. Prolonged sleep deprivation increases the risk of accidents, impairs cognitive function, and exacerbates mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. 

Furthermore, untreated sleep apnea is associated with an elevated risk of hypertension, stroke, heart disease, and irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias). According to the literature, Obstructive Sleep Apnea increases the risk of heart failure by 140%, the risk of stroke by 60%, and the risk of coronary heart disease by 30%.

Managing Sleep Apnea with Lifestyle Changes

Fortunately, sleep apnea is a condition that can be effectively managed with appropriate treatment strategies. Lifestyle changes such as losing weight, avoiding alcohol and sedatives, and sleeping on their side can help reduce sleep apnea symptoms.

Maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce the pressure on the airway, and avoiding alcohol and sedatives can help reduce sleep apnea symptoms. Although these lifestyle changes can make a difference, they are often not enough to completely treat sleep apnea alone.

CPAP therapy is a common treatment for sleep apnea. A CPAP machine delivers a constant stream of air through a mask that is worn over the nose or mouth during sleep. The air pressure is set to a level that is just enough to keep the airway open. CPAP therapy can be effective in reducing the number of apneas and improving the quality of sleep.

Dental appliances can also be used to treat sleep apnea. These appliances, which can be worn in the mouth during sleep, reposition the jaw and tongue to help keep the airway open. They can be effective for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea but may not work for everyone.

Surgery is another option for treating sleep apnea. Surgery can be used to remove excess tissue from the airway or to reposition the jaw and tongue, or the tongue alone, to help keep the airway open.

What is the Best Treatment For You?

The best treatment for you will depend on the severity of your sleep apnea, your overall health, and your personal preferences.

If you are having difficulty with your current treatment option or you think you may have sleep apnea, we have partnered with Ognomy where you can register and then speak with a board-certified sleep specialist who can test and treat you for sleep apnea or other sleep disorders. The best part? You can get the testing and treatment you need without ever leaving your home.

By addressing sleep apnea effectively, you can significantly improve your quality of life, reduce the risk of associated health complications, and enjoy restful, rejuvenating sleep once again.