At Cornwall Dental Arts, we often see patients who say they have been struggling with deficient sleep for months or even years. Some of these people end up diagnosed with sleep apnea or related conditions.
You Can’t Just “Tough It Out”
The reluctance to get treatment is lamentable because poor sleep takes such a high toll on health and reduces quality of life. If they are keeping someone up at night, it makes life harder for that person, as well.
Protect Your Health
For some inexplicable reason, many people don’t consider sleep apnea an urgent issue. Why the disconnect? We are talking about breathing, folks! There isn’t a biological function more indispensable than that. And dissatisfactory sleep can cause a multitude of serious health troubles. It also affects performance in every area of life; work, hobbies, and relationships.
Sleep apnea is a malady where you have frequent, recurring pauses in breathing while you sleep. These delays can last for up to 60 seconds and are caused by soft tissue in the back of the throat that relaxes and closes the airway. As you can probably imagine, when our brain is not getting enough oxygen it hinders vital biological processes.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Cause: Throat muscles loosen and block the airway. This is the most prevalent type.
Central Sleep Apnea
Cause: The brain doesn’t send signals to the muscles that regulate breathing.
Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (Treatment-emergent Central Sleep Apnea)
This is a combination of both conditions described previously.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
- Loud snoring
- Unexpected awakenings where you are choking or feel “out of breath”
- Pauses in breathing while sleeping (as evidenced by another person observing the behavior)
- Sore throat or dry mouth after sleeping
- Uneasy sleep
- Falling asleep while performing normal daily activities
- Inability to concentrate during the day
- Depression and irritability
- Awakening with a headache
- Excessive fatigue
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