Sleep Disorders and Safety Risks

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You may be at an increased risk of workplace related injuries and car accidents

sleep-disorders-and-safety-risksA sleep disorder, especially one that results in you not getting enough sleep, can bring about safety risks for you and other people. For most people who are sleep deprived, it is the daily use of the car which puts them most at risk. Sleep disorders and safety risks are closely linked.

If you drive away in your car each day with only a handful of sleep hours, you could simply fall asleep behind the wheel. Just a momentary lack in concentration because of fatigue can lead to a very serious accident.

Depending on your job, you or the people around you could be at risk if you doze off during the day. Construction sites are dangerous places at the best of times, but nodding off while you are five stories off could have disastrous consequences!

Lack of sleep is potentially very serious if it affects safety.  You may be suffering from a sleep disorder which can be relieved with modern techniques.

Sleep disorders and safety risks

When you are unable to get enough sleep because of a sleep disorder like sleep apnea, it can have many effects on your everyday life. You could have difficulty concentrating on daily tasks and if you are confronted with a potentially dangerous situation then your reaction time will be markedly reduced, making you more accident prone.

If you fail to get your sleep disorder treated you could begin to suffer from high blood pressure and heart disease which can be fatal.

In a nutshell, by not properly diagnosing and treating your sleeping disorder, you are putting yourself and others at risk. Fortunately, there are ways that dental treatments can help you sleep better and decrease your safety risks.

Protect your life and the lives of others

If you are having difficulty in getting enough sleep you should explore the possibility that it is a sleeping disorder which can have a dental solution. An examination can detect whether you are suffering from sleep apnea, which can develop when your airways are not fully open at night.

When your airways start to close up, your body responds by making you wake up – often gasping for breath. This temporarily unblocks your airways and you sleep restfully until the next time which may only be a matter of minutes later.

We have access to dental devices which will ensure that you can breathe more normally at night so that you do not wake up unexpectedly. For example, there is a Tongue Restraining Device (TRD) which secures your tongue down so it doesn’t block your airways and the mandibular advancement device (MAD) which pulls your jaw forwards and downwards so as to enable plentiful air flow. Either of these devices can help make your life safer by giving you more beneficial sleep patterns.

Sleep better and live safer

If you are worried that your tendency to fall asleep during the daytime is putting you and others at risk, then you should consider being examined to find out the cause. Sleep disorders like sleep apnea can be relieved with modern dental methods.

Sleep disorder treatment will mean a good night’s sleep, normal reaction times and a greater ability to concentrate on all types of tasks.

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.