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.

Sleep Disorders and Concentration Problems

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Are sleep disorders and concentration problems linked?

concentration-problems-chicagoAre you having a hard time concentrating on what you are doing? Do you find it difficult to get enough sleep, feel tired all the time and just can’t seem to focus during the day? Sometimes, it seems easier just to carry on and cope, even if you are tired and having trouble concentrating, but this isn’t a long term solution.

You may have a sleep disorder. Even though you think you have had enough hours asleep, it might not be the right kind of sleep that is good enough to make you feel refreshed in the morning.

When you have Sleep Apnea, Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS) or other conditions that disturb your sleep it disrupts your normal sleep cycle.  Stage four Delta sleep and REM sleep are both important for memory, learning and cognition.  These are the first types of sleep that are usually lost.

In Children sleep disordered breathing is thought to cause over 80- 95% of ADD and ADHD as well as other behavioral disorders.  Early treatment can prevent these problems.  Dr Shapira recently lectured in Buenos Aires, Argentina on the common developmental factors of sleep disorders and TMJ.  In adults we treat the disorders but in children we can prevent the problems.  Early diagnosis is key.

What’s behind your scatterbrain?

Sleep disorders aren’t the kinds of problems you are likely to share as you are never fully aware of them. If you snore or suddenly let out a gasp in the night when your airways are desperate for air, it’s your partner (if you have one) who will typically wake up first.

Short Term memory loss frequently accompanies problems with concentration.  Poor sleep has been shown to cause this type of memory loss and it can become permaent if you wait to log to treat it.  The combination of poor concentration and memory makes it extremely difficult to fisish tasks and often affects school of work performance.

If your partner claims you constantly snore or grunt as you try to sleep, you may have a sleeping disorder called sleep apnea. You may have to do something to eliminate your sleep problem so that you can both get an undisturbed night’s sleep and allow you to concentrate more easily, too.

A dental solution to your concentration problem

If you have trouble focusing and are constantly tired, a dental solution may be able to help. There are some useful proven appliances available that we can use to help improve your sleep disorder. The most common type of sleep appliance used are the Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD).  They are the most studied and usually the most effective type of appliance.  There are over 100 types of Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs) and Dr Shapira will help you find the best device for your specific disorder.  He has treated thousands of patients with sleep disorders over the last 30 years and is an expert in the field.  The Tongue Retaining Device (TRD), is an older alternative to the MAD which is made in a lab from a material which can easily be adapted to the teeth’s contours and dental arches.  It is sometimes the ideal choice for denture patients who do not have teeth to secure a MAD.  The tongue often blocks the airway, so a TRD can help solve that as do advancement devices.

The TAP appliance is one of the most effective appliances for treating sleep apnea and snoring.  It is usually the first choice when patients have severe sleep apnea.  Other comfortable appliances include the Somnomed and Respire appliances, The SUAD, the Telescopic Herbst and other types of Herbst appliances.

Get your focus back

If you can’t concentrate easily in the day time and are constantly tired but have tried without success to find a solution, we may be able to help you eliminate a potential sleep disorder with one of our dental devices. When you are able to sleep more easily, you should be able to get your focus back.

Patients with untreated sleep apnea have a 600% increase in motor vehicle accidents and a recent study showed an increase of 1500%.  Even mild apnea with no symptoms of tiredness has been shown to cause 300% increase in motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) with serious injury to one or more people.

Sleep Disorders and Health Problems

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Good sleep is a key to a healthy life

sleep-disorders-and-health-problemsDo you think you are sleeping well enough? Do you lie awake at night sometimes unable to get to sleep or find yourself constantly tired with either morning headaches or chronic headaches during the daytime? These can all be symptoms of a sleep disorder, like sleep apnea, which can have a lot of effect on your long term health if nothing is done about it. Good sleep is a key to a healthy life!

If you fail to get enough sleep, day in day out, you take the risk of developing a serious illness.

Some of these illnesses include;

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid function
  • weight gain, slow metabolism and inability to lose weight
  • decreased cognitive function
  • motor vehicle accidents

Problems sleeping are not always caused by a sleeping disorder and may be related to something in your lifestyle. There are some cases when people are unable to get a good night’s sleep. These could include things like exam pressure, relationship break ups, teenage children issues, money problems, unemployment, health of a parent and so on. In many cases these eventually sort themselves out and you and your sleep patterns return to normal. Another important cause of poor sleep is poor sleep hygiene.  This can be exposure to TV, computers or excess light in the evening.  It can also be disturbances in the bedroom.

It is important you work out what is the root cause of your inability to get enough sleep, before it starts to ruin your health.

Sleep disorders and health problems are linked

If you have trouble sleeping, but don’t have any obvious reasons why you are always tired, you should get an evaluation by a health professional to see if you have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea, if left untreated, can have long term consequences for your health. In particular, it has been linked to greater stress on your heart and circulatory system. Serious heart disease problems like high blood pressure, stroke and even heart failure can result from stress on the cardiovascular system.

In addition, being constantly tired with no relief in sight can make you depressed. Research has linked the disorder to a greater susceptibility to type 2 diabetes. This is partly due to the effect of sleep apnea on increasing obesity and poor diet choices when depressed and tired.

Two health gains for the price of one

One of the better outcomes of getting effective treatment for sleep apnea is that you will be able to sleep more easily. You will snore less and be more energetic during the day. Ultimately, being more relaxed and energetic will help you to ward off any serious illnesses which have been linked to sleep disorders.

Sleep apnea treatment has a double bonus, then. It gives you back the ability to sleep, as well as safeguarding your long term health.

Protect your health with unobstructed sleep

If you have the symptoms of sleep apnea or another sleep disorder, then you should have a thorough evaluation to make sure that no other lifestyle factors are affecting your ability to sleep. These may need to be addressed as well as looking for ways that can be used to help you sleep better.

Our dental practice can you with an effective device that can help to relieve the symptoms of sleep apnea and help to protect your long term health with unobstructed sleep.