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.

What is Sleep Apnea? Does Your Loved One Snore, Stop Breathing and Gasp for Breath?

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Trouble breathing while asleep? It could be sleep apnea

what-is-sleep-apneaSnoring is the most common warning sign of sleep apnea.

Do you find it difficult to breathe when you sleep or find yourself snoring far too often? You could be suffering from something called sleep apnea.  Many patients are

Many patients are unaware of their sleep apnea, even when it is very severe or life-threatening and concerned family or friends inform them of the problems.  If you have loud disruptive snoring there is an excellent chance it is a warning sign.  Listen to the warning before it’s too late!

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder which occurs when breathing stops and starts repeatedly. You could have sleep apnea if you know you snore loudly and you still feel tired right through the day even if you thought you had enough sleep. Sleep apnea can happen when your throat muscles relax at the wrong time or when your brain fails to send the correct signals to the muscles that are responsible for controlling breathing.

These are some of the common sleep apnea symptoms:

  • Sleepy all day
  • Loud snoring
  • Short lapses in breathing while asleep
  • Sleep a lot but still tired
  • Suddenly waking up accompanied by a shortness of breath or heart palpitations
  • High Blood Pressure or Hypertension
  • Waking up with a dry mouth or a sore throat
  • Headache, especially morning headache
  • Insomnia, waking during the night and not being able to return to sleep.
  • Concentration problems
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents or near misses
  • Marital Discord

What  are some of the most common sleep apnea causes?

Apnea comes from the Greek meaning “want of breath”

The most common type of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This is when the muscles in the back of your throat relax and block your air flow.  This is actually an active process, when we breathe in we create a vacuum that sucks our airway shut, usually at the base of the tongue.When this happens, not enough oxygen gets into your blood. Your body reacts very quickly and you normally find yourself waking up suddenly with a choking or snorting noise. It tends to happen time and again through the night, so you just can’t get enough sleep.

Sleep Apnea is the most severe form of sleep disordered breathing and is a total blockage of the airway.  Hypopnea is an incomplete blockage of the airway that still causes oxygen to drop significantly but may just have snoring with total stoppage of breathing.  Upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS), also called Respiratory Related Arousals (RERA) is a partial blockage of the airway and is usually found in younger healthier and thinner individuals, especially women.  It can cause all the same symptoms as Sleep Apnea and is one of the major cause of  Fibromyalgia.

People with certain characteristics are more likely to experience sleep apnea. For instance, if you are overweight, a male or a smoker you are more likely to get sleep apnea. There are other physical reasons for sleep apnea, too. You might be more likely to get sleep apnea if you have a thick neck, a receding chin or enlarged adenoids or tonsils. Some allergies can cause sleep apnea too.  Many of the patients do not fit this clinical picture but still experience sleep apnea.  This is due to the configuration of their upper and lower jaws and tongue.

The problem could be dental related

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH published a report on “The cardiovascular and sleep related consequences of Temporomandibular Disorders”. They have recognized that the same underlying mechanisms are involved in snoring, sleep apnea and TMJ disorders.

There are ways to relieve sleep apnea and it may be surprising to learn that dental solutions could help. You don’t have to suffer needlessly as these days there are devices available which have been shown to be very beneficial for sleep apnea sufferers.

Some of the most commonly used devices used by dentists look a bit like a sports mouth guard. They gently and comfortably move the lower jaw forwards and downwards and help to keep your airways open.  These are called Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD) and there are over 100 types available.

One of these devices is the TAP 1 appliance that is one  the most effective devices available.  It consists of an upper and lower appliance connected with a hook and a bar.  There is a handle that is turned to advance the lower jaw.  This handle acts as a volume control for your bed partner.  who can turn off your snoring and increase your airway. The Somnodent appliance by Somnomed is one of the most comfortable appliances available.

A second device that may be used is a tongue retainer. This is a splint which holds the tongue in the right position and works to ensure the airway is kept open. Overall, dental solutions not only improve oral and dental health for sleep apnea sufferers, but improve sleep patterns and reduce snoring, too.

Could your medical solution be a Dental Appliance right for you?  Start living a better life now.

If you think you suffer from sleep apnea and have tried ways of relieving it without much success, then it may be time to consider a dental solution to this dangerous medical problem.

We will need to examine your mouth and throat properly and may be able to give useful recommendations about what can be done to help you relieve your symptoms.  Oral appliances are a first line treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea.  CPAP is still considered the first choice for severe sleep apnea but oral appliances are considered an alternative to CPAP for patients desiring a more comfortable treatment or for patients who cannot tolerate CPAP.

Sleep disorders are often associated with other TMJ and orofacial pain disorders. Differential diagnosis of sleep and orofacial pain disorders is essential to health.…

Sleep Disorders and Relationships

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Relationship problems? You may want to read this!

sleep-disorders-and-relationshipsRelationship problems can be highly emotional events and it is often difficult to decide who or what is causing the problem. You have to think carefully about what you have been doing that is having an effect on your relationship.

It’s a good idea to look at your sleep habits as it’s quite surprising how events such as snoring can be affecting your relationship. Sleep disorders mean you do not get sufficient sleep, so you may feel tired and irritable and this can cause conflict in your relationship.  The single biggest complaint in married couples is often that the husband/ wife does not listen to their spouse.  When there is untreated sleep apnea the patient is often in a semi- awake state where they answer questions but never really hear their spouse.  This is an automatic response in patients who are excessively tired due to poor quality of sleep.

How sleep disorders and relationships can affect your love life

If you snore regularly it is mostly the other partner who is going to suffer. The noise of the snoring will disturb his or her sleep. Your partner will not have the energy to function properly in the relationship and neither will you! In fact, it doesn’t matter whether it is the husband who snores or the wife who snores, any partner who snores can ruin a good night’s sleep for both of you.

According to Mayo Clinic Bedmates of Snorers Lose 15% of Sleep

If you are snoring regularly, you may have a sleep disorder called sleep apnea, which is when you are unable to get enough oxygen, so carbon dioxide accumulates in your lungs and you suddenly awake. This jogs the constriction in your throat and you start to breathe normally again. Your relationship is taking its toll in two ways. The first is the snoring, which is disturbing your partner and the second is your own sleep disturbance due to sleep apnea. It could even get to the point of the snoring ruining your relationship or marriage. Fortunately, sleep apnea effects on your relationship can be relieved with modern dental treatment options.

Snoring and Divorce

There is a direct relationship between sleep disordered breathing and divorce.  While you bedpartners sleep may be disrupted by your snoring you may also be the victim of poor sleep.  Sexual impotence, decreased sex drive and loss of interest in sex are all consequences of poor sleep.

Don’t Get Mad, Get Better Sleep If You Want To Be A Better Lover

Poor sleep disrupts multiple hormonal systems including Thyroid homone and Growth hormone leading to slower metabolism and weight gain.  Poor sleep also disrupts your cortisol levels leading to poor ability to deal with stressful situations.  Say goodbye to healthy levels of sex hormones….Poor Sleep …Less Sex.

 

Do you need a relationship counselor or a dentist?

If the lack of sleep is having an effect on your relationship you may want to explore ways you can get better sleep, rather than visiting a relationship counselor. A visit to a dentist who has training in sleep disorders can mean you are able to discover ways of helping you breathe better, especially at night.

The symptoms of sleep apnea include waking up around 100 times a night to gasp for breath. We have several devices available which will ensure a constant air flow so that you no longer wake up. The first is what is called a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD). This is worn while asleep and keeps your jaw in such a position that it is slightly forward but down so that your airways stay open.  The other popular apparatus is the Tongue Restraining Device (TRD) which typically holds the tongue down and allows easier breathing.

Fall in love with restful sleep and quiet nights

If you have been having trouble sleeping and suspect that snoring is affecting your relationship or marriage it may be sensible to explore the possibility of getting better sleep with the help of modern dental techniques. You will need to be examined thoroughly to make sure that it is sleep apnea or another sleep disorder that is affecting you.

It is easier to re-establish a relationship when you have had restful sleep and quiet nights.