Fatigue is a killer

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Fatigue is a result of poor sleep, high stress and depression

fatigue-chicagoDo you feel tired all the time and find it hard to sleep at night? You may be suffering from a sleep disorder. You should be able to get 8 good hours of sleep at night to stop you feeling always tired during the day. Fatigue can have long term effects on you, such as moodiness, irritability, and depression. This can affect your job and your ability to get on with family and friends.

Fatigue can have more serious effects. Your response to situations will be slower and you could cause an accident while out driving. Fatigue can be a killer. If you don’t feel rested, long-term fatigue can damage your immune system and you can suffer from other, more severe, health problems. This could all be because you have a sleeping disorder.

Meet the sleep swindlers

If you snore a lot at night and keep waking up with a start, gasping for breath, it is possible you have a sleeping disorder called sleep apnea. This disorder restricts the flow of air while you sleep. This will cause you tp wake up all of a sudden as your body reacts to the lack of oxygen.

There are a variety of causes for sleep apnea. Some of them are genetic and you can do little to influence these. If you are overweight or a smoker, these are risk factors which you can do something about. The position of your tongue and the shape of your neck and throat can have an influence on your ability to breathe properly, too.

Patients with sleep apnea are more prone to depression and chronic pain disorders, particularly TMJ disorder and Fibromyalgia.

Stop thief!

Sleep apnea is like a thief. It steals your sleep. Fortunately, there are treatment options that will stop you feeling drowsy and will revitalize your body by allowing you to regain your nights and sleep well. Dental treatment can help stop the thief in its tracks!

We use a popular device called the Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP). This device helps to keep your airways open and allow oxygen to pass easily to the lungs.

The TAP holds the lower jaw in a forward position so as to prevent the collapse of your airways.  This helps to allow uninterrupted breathing. Each appliance is matched to the user to ensure it is comfortably placed. It is estimated that it has successfully treated 96% of sleep apnea and snoring sufferers.

Take back the night

If you are always tired or just tired during the day and you don’t feel rested because you don’t sleep well at night you should get an evaluation of your health status. You will need to be thoroughly examined to find out the cause of your sleep disorder before any treatment can start. If sleep apnea or another sleep disorder is causing you to become so tired all the time, then a dental solution may be the answer for you.

Fatigue secondary to chronic pain

Patients who have chronic pain have disturbed sleep even if they do not have sleep apnea.  Chronic pain is a major cause of depression that also disturbs sleep  Early onset REM is a sign of depression and results in decreased slow wave sleep when our bodies heal.  Chronic pain can cause multiple awakenings which can disturb all phases of sleep.  Many patients with sleep apnea, pain and/or depression suffer from maintenance insomnia.  Maintenance insomnia occurs when we waken after initial sleep onset and cannot return to sleep.

It is not uncommon for sleep onset insomnia and maintenance insomnia to be treated with drugs.  This can have adverse effects if physicians if the physicians are treating the wrong type of insomnia.  This happens frequently when patients complain of insomnia and the physician assumes it is onset insomnia.

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