Sleep Disorder Treatment

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Is lack of sleep or poor sleep impacting your life?

sleep-disorder-treatmentEveryone has a sleepless night on occasion, whether you’re waiting up for your teen to come home from a party or a pressing matter is making sleep elusive. However, when sleep evades you on a regular basis, it could be an indicator of a more serious problem and you may need sleep disorder treatment.

It is normal to wake up and feel great in the morning, if you are slow to wake or always feel you need more sleep or constantly hitting the snooze button on your alarm you probably are not having quality sleep.

When you find it difficult to sleep or your sleep is disrupted night after night, we recommend you take steps to determine if you have a sleep disorder and seek an effective remedy.

Signs a sleep disorder is in gear

While an occasional restless night or bout of sleeplessness is normal, chronic sleep deprivation can have serious consequences to your health, mood, and safety.

How do you know if your sleeplessness is an indication of something more serious? Here are a few signs to watch for:

  • Agitation during the day
  • Lack of concentration or short term memory loss
  • Feeling sleepy all the time
  • Feeling like you never get enough sleep, even when you go bed early and wake up late
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Mood swings and irritably
  • A rise in blood pressure
  • Gasping for breath in the night
  • Periods when you snore
  • Seeping in fits and spurts, waking suddenly
  • Marital discord due to poor communication

If you find yourself struggling with any of these issues, getting to the root of your problem will help you find effective treatment.

The consequences of poor sleep or sleeplessness

Inadequate sleep over a prolonged period of time can have a negative impact on your health. People who are deprived of sleep on a long term basis are at a higher risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression. Obesity is another consequence of unhealthy sleep as disruptions in sleep patterns slow the body’s metabolism and cause weight gain that is hard to reverse.

Your body requires sleep to recharge, rejuvenate, and keep all systems functioning at optimal levels. Good Sleep is at the core of an anti-aging medical protocol.

Could sleep apnea be hijacking your sleep?

Over 40 million Americans are fighting with some type of sleep-related problem. While there is a broad range of conditions that can affect the quality of your sleep, sleep apnea has been getting a lot of attention in recent years.

Sleep apnea involves the obstruction of your airway during sleep. In the most severe cases, people have been known to experience bouts when they do not breathe as often as 400 times a night. Each time your breath stops, your brain jerks you awake to restart your breathing. The resulting sleep and oxygen deprivation is what causes the serious health risks associated with obstructive sleep apnea.

Snoring can be an indicator of sleep apnea, it may also be a sign of a milder airway restriction although it is never a harmless problem. Sometimes snoring is more disturbing to significant others than the one who snores. The spouse of snorers can lose as much as 15% of their sleep. Snoring can cause serious medical problems over time in some people including carotid atherosclerosis or blockage of blood flow to the brain

Get back to sleep with sleep disorder treatment

When you are dealing with an issue that is getting in the way of your sleep, it’s important to diagnose the specific problem and find a cure or treatment.

The good news about sleep apnea is it’s treatable. Many times making simple changes to your habits could bring about a good night’s rest.

  • Try establishing a regular pattern at night, going to bed at the same time on a daily basis and doing relaxing activities before bed
  • Stop eating and don’t drink drink alcohol several hours before bed. This will settle your digestive system and stop your throat muscles from over relaxing
  • Lose weight
  • Practice relaxation techniques and exercise during the day to relieve stress

If home remedies do not help, plan a visit to Dr. Shapira to investigate if a custom or commercial sleep airway orthotic, TMJ treatment or epigenetic orthodontics could get you back to healthy sleep. Epigenetic orthodontics can cure sleep apnea by growing a larger airway, a process called pneumopedics.

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.

Lack of Sleep

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Still feeling tired after a good night’s sleep?

lack-of-sleepDo you feel tired in the morning, even after getting a good amount of sleep the night before? You may also find that you can’t sleep very well and spend hours awake at night, which can lead you to feeling tired during the day.

Lack of sleep or Sleep deprivation can not only make you irritable, but it can eventually lead to ill health, so it’s important to discover the reason for it. When you constantly have trouble sleeping and are affected by fatigue, then you may be suffering from a sleep disorder which can be relieved through modern dentistry techniques.

Maybe it wasn’t really a good night…

One of the most common sleep disorders is called sleep apnea. There are no obvious physical signs of this sleeping disorder. It is something that is caused by not being able to breathe properly while asleep.

What often happens is that you have lapses in breathing while sleeping, which means you suddenly wake at night momentarily to clear your airways. The simple movement of your tongue will often do the trick and you then go back to sleep again.

If this only happens over a period of a few weeks, it is unlikely to do any harm. If it becomes chronic, you will feel tired during the day because you don’t feel well rested. You may be putting to put your health at risk if you don’t look for a method of treating the disorder.

High blood pressure and heart disease can take place as a result of your consistent trouble sleeping soundly. Not only that but your friends, family and job may suffer too, if you lose your ability to communicate due to fatigue.

Lack of Sleep: Take control of that sleep hijacker

Fortunately, you haven’t lost out completely as you can regain your life by seeking a dental solution if you can’t sleep well. We have devices available that help to control sleep apnea. The Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP), for example, is one of the most effective appliances available for severe apnea as it uses cardiopulmonary resuscitation in order to ensure the airway is kept open to help the patient maintain correct breathing techniques.

A healthy amount of oxygen can get into the airway with the help of this appliance that ensures the lower jaw is held forward to stop the airway from collapsing. This improvement in breathing means patients can get a full night’s sleep, and their partners too, as snoring can be reduced or even eliminated. The TAP is both adjustable and comfortable and can be fitted to the patient’s size and mouth shape.

Turn pseudo rest into real rest

If you have been suffering from sleep deprivation in silence, then this may be the time to explore how a dental solution can help you breathe and sleep better.

Before we can help with relieving your sleep disorder you should get a full medical examination first so that we can prescribe a suitable solution for you.