If you have difficulty staying asleep and are constantly tossing and turning at night, you are not alone. It is estimated that 60 million Americans have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep regularly. Chronic insomnia can take a toll not only on your energy levels but also your overall health and vitality. There are a variety of medical and lifestyle issues that can contribute to insomnia, and sleep apnea is one of them. Dr. Michael Stern from Snoring and CPAP Solutions in Willoughby Hills, OH explains the connection and what you can do about it.
How sleep apnea contributes to insomnia
When your airway becomes blocked during sleep, it leads to a disruption in breathing and lowers the oxygen levels in your body, causing you to briefly wake up throughout the course of the night. If you are experiencing frequent waking and have trouble falling back asleep, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is associated with a variety of serious health consequences—some of them deadly, such as heart attacks and strokes—and other medical issues can lead to the development of insomnia as well, so it is important to see your doctor if you are suffering from the inability to stay asleep to determine the cause.
How to treat insomnia caused by sleep apnea
If you are suffering from insomnia that is due to sleep apnea, Dr. Stern can determine the best treatment option for you. CPAP machines are the most commonly prescribed treatment for sleep apnea; however, while these devices are effective, they can be very cumbersome, noisy, and cause even more difficulty sleeping. Because of this, patients are often interested in CPAP alternatives. Dr. Stern offers oral appliance therapy, a customized solution for sleep apnea which may, in turn, improve your insomnia symptoms. A sleep apnea oral appliance:
- Is comfortable and discreet
- Is only worn at night while you sleep
- Keeps your airway open so you can breathe easily while you sleep
- Can help you stop snoring
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 Qualified member of The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and holds more than 2 decades of experience in the field.
Dr. Michael Stern
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In a 30-minute consultation, Dr. Stern will discuss your symptoms and medical history, as well as examine your neck, jaw, and other physical features. He will discuss your treatment options and answer your questions, so you are comfortable with your treatment decision. If you are in the Willoughby Hills, OH area, take the first step towards better sleep by calling (440) 306-3003 to schedule your free consultation today!
Frequently Asked Questions
Sleep apnea affects your ability to get a full night’s rest because your airway can become blocked and prevent the flow of oxygen, known as an apnea. When this happens, your brain will trigger your body to wake up briefly to continue breathing.
These interruptions may be so brief you don’t even remember them. But they still disrupt your body’s natural rhythm and prevent you from reaching much-needed restorative stages of sleep. Even if you don’t realize this is happening, you may be sleep-deprived.
Sleeping on your side may help to keep your throat open throughout the night. The worst sleep position for sleep apnea is on your back, as this can increase your risk for airway obstruction. Training yourself to sleep on your side may help to alleviate some of your sleep apnea symptoms.
It’s normal for people to have up to four apneas per hour of sleep. While it may seem alarming that it’s normal for people to stop breathing, this is fine. Due to this, it’s fine if your treatment doesn’t completely eradicate your apneas — the goal is to bring them to a normal range.
Moderate sleep apnea means you have 15 to 30 apneas per hour, and people with severe sleep apnea have more than 30 an hour. The more apneas you have per hour, the more oxygen-deprived your body is while you sleep. That’s what leads to serious health consequences.