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.

Sleep disorders and Work Performance

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Sleep disorders and work performance: “How was your work day?”

sleep-disorders-and-work-performanceHave you had some bad days at work recently? Do you find that you just can’t get enough sleep and are tired at work? Do you find that you can’t focus at work because you are always feeling tired?  If your answer is yes, it is likely that you have a sleep disorder which can affect your work performance.

If you don’t address this problem soon you might find that the lack of sleep can affect your job performance. It may not be as good as it should be. It’s easy to miss deadlines if you’re not getting enough sleep at night and can’t concentrate. Not being able to focus at work may spoil your reputation and you could even lose your job.

Patients with untreated sleep disorders may find them delve falling asleep in meetings, especially after lunch.  Falling asleep in a meeting is not the impression you want to make on your boss.  Patients who drive for a living have up to a 1500% increase in motor vehicle accidents do to excessive sleepiness and slower reaction times when driving.

What is making you so tired?

Even if you think you are getting enough sleep, you may not be getting the right quality of sleep. You need to reach a deep sleep state in order to restore your body and revitalize it for the day ahead. This won’t happen if you are continually waking up throughout the night.

It could be that you are suffering from the sleep disorder condition known as sleep apnea. This condition happens when your airways become blocked from time to time while sleeping, causing you to wake up.  It is something that can keep on happening all night and can rob you of your sleep. Another symptom of sleep apnea is constant, loud snoring and if you are unaware you snore, then your partner will soon tell you!

A good sleep at night brings productive days

If the fact that you can’t sleep properly means you are always tired, then it is time to do something about it before you find you have lost your job due to poor work performance. There are some dental sleep apnea treatments available that don’t involve drugs and one popular and successful one is the Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP).

This device helps sleep apnea sufferers as it is placed in the mouth at night to open the airways. This allows oxygen to pass through the airways to the lungs without any obstacles in the way. The TAP works by forcing the lower jaw further forward, which prevents the collapse of your airway.  This means that breathing can continue without disturbance.  We ensure that the TAP is a good fit so that it does its job properly.

You should notice the improvement in your breathing quite quickly and you should get a lot more sleep as well.

Rock your work world once again

If you are feeling tired all the time and know it is affecting the way you work, you need to find out the root cause. You should have your medical condition confirmed through a thorough examination.

If you discover that you have sleep apnea or another type of sleep disorder then dental treatment can bring you relief from constant tiredness and better performance at work, too.