Sleep Apnea Can Affect Your Health
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) isn’t just snoring. It’s a serious sleep disorder that can quickly wreak havoc on your health and quality of life. In addition to making you feel fatigued and sleepy throughout the day, untreated sleep apnea increases your risk for a number of serious health issues including heart disease, diabetes, depression, strokes, and more.
Luckily, sleep apnea is treatable and Lake County patients have more options than ever. Dr. Stern and our experienced sleep dentistry team at Snoring and Sleep Solutions LLC would love to help you discover the benefits of sleep apnea treatment.
What Can Sleep Apnea Treatment Do For You?
While every patient’s case is unique, sleep apnea treatment can provide a variety of benefits. The most common benefits that patients report seeing include:
- Improved sleep quality
- Enhanced memory, focus, and productivity
- Reduced daytime sleepiness or fatigue
- Eliminated or reduced morning headaches
- Improved health and reduced risk for certain conditions
Dr. Stern offers both CPAP and oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea patients. During your consultation, he’ll discuss your sleep apnea symptoms with you and develop a treatment plan that will work best for your unique situation.
Does CPAP work for everyone?
No. Simply put, CPAP is not an ideal sleep apnea treatment for everyone. While it’s the most common form of treatment, many patients experience great difficulty adjusting to the face mask. Problems or side effects associated with using a CPAP machine include dry sinuses and headaches. If you’re currently using a CPAP machine for treatment but find it uncomfortable, contact Dr. Stern for an alternative treatment.
What are some additional ways to treat sleep apnea?
There are a few additional ways outside of CPAP and oral appliance therapy to help treat sleep apnea. There are various lifestyle changes that can be made to help reduce your sleep apnea symptoms and enhance the effectiveness of your treatment.
Most sleep specialists recommend maintaining a healthy weight through regular exercise and a nutritional, well-balanced diet. Additional alternatives include changing your sleep position, avoiding alcohol and smoking, as well as using a humidifier.
The Importance of Sleep Quality
According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need an average of seven to nine hours of sleep per night. This means we spend about one-third of our entire lives sleeping. While we sleep, our minds and body don’t simply just shut down, they go through the sleep cycle.
There are four stages that occur during the sleep cycle. The first three stages slow brain activity, breathing, and heartbeat down as well as relax the muscles. The fourth stage is known as the REM stage, where our dream activity occurs. Going through each of these stages is important to your sleep quality, as they allow the brain and body to recuperate and develop.
During deep sleep, our body undergoes things that are vital to our wellbeing, including:
- Restoration of energy
- Cellular regeneration
- Increase of blood flow to muscles
- Tissue repair and regeneration
- Metabolism of brain glucose, which is essential to information retention and recall
Patients who suffer from sleep apnea might rarely, or never, reach the deeper stages of sleep due to consistent disruptions. Because sleep disorders and their health impact are an active area of scientific research, we’re likely to discover that sleep apnea treatment has more benefits than we’re aware of.
What are good sleeping tips for people with sleep apnea?
The best sleeping position for people with sleep apnea is on their side. If you currently sleep on your back, you may be worsening your sleep apnea because it’s easier for your airway to close. Sleeping on your side may help keep your airway clear while you’re asleep.
It’s also important to seek treatment for sleep disorders. If you currently have a CPAP or another treatment method that you don’t like, seek out an alternative. The best treatment for sleep apnea is the one you can commit to, like a comfortable and convenient oral appliance.
Discover How Sleep Apnea Treatment Can Benefit You
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea, or you feel you may be suffering from a sleep disorder, relief is just a phone call away. Contact our Lake County practice at (440) 833-600 to learn how we can help you sleep better, and improve your quality of life.
Snoring and CPAP Solutions LLC
Snoring and CPAP Solutions LLC is committed to helping patients with sleep disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea that interferes with their day to day life. Dr. Stern is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and holds more than 2 decades of experience in the field.
Dr. Michael Stern