We all require varying amounts of sleep throughout our lifetime. A newborn may need 12-18 hours of sleep every night.
An adult, however, may only need 7-9 hours of sleep per night. What if you are getting the right amount of sleep, but you still wake up feeling unrefreshed, or have difficulty concentrating throughout the day? You may be one of the 18 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea. How do you know if sleep apnea is the reason why you’re still tired after a full night’s rest? What exactly is sleep apnea?
Apnea – When Sleeping is a Snore Fest
There are many symptoms of sleep apnea, but for those that snore heavily, it may be time to check out why. Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat are not keeping airways open. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to control breathing as it should. This form of sleep apnea is far more rare, so we will concentrate mostly on the first form.
When the muscles that keep the airways open are not functioning properly, the body begins to be deprived of oxygen, and the sufferer will usually snore loudly. Other symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Low oxygen levels
- Sexual dysfunction
- Learning and memory difficulties
- High blood pressure
- Heart problems
Since lack of oxygen is obviously a major health concern, sleep apnea is something to address sooner rather than later.
Getting Back to Sleep
Sleep apnea sufferers do not have resign themselves to tiredness despite a full night’s rest. There are many treatment options. Lifestyle changes such as losing weight are key to improving apnea symptoms. Other solutions, such as quitting smoking, and avoiding alcohol will also contribute to your success. Some have found that changing the position they sleep in helps their condition to improve.
For more serious forms of sleep apnea, there are breathing aids that keep the airways open while you sleep. A positive airway pressure device called a CPAP is a the usual treatment of choice. Patients sleep with a facial or nasal mask, which administers gently pressurized air. Treatment with this type of device is common and generally very effective.
Dental appliances may be fitted to re-position the jaw in order to keep airways open. Although not as common as the CPAP, these appliances may be effective for certain sufferers.
There are many treatment options available to those who are waking up tired. There is no need suffer another day!
If you would like to discover the cause of your sleep problem, please contact us today for a free consultation.
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