If you missed our latest article in the “Healthy Living” segment of the Gateway, you can read the information below.  As always, we are happy to answer any questions.

 

IS YOUR SLEEP TAKING YOUR BREATH AWAY?

Do you experience one or more of the following symptoms while sleeping or when waking:  Snoring, restlessness, lack of dreaming, waking up choking or gasping for air, night sweats, morning headaches and/or feeling unrefreshed, dry mouth, excessive daytime sleepiness, or has someone noticed that you stop breathing while you sleep? 

Do you have any of the following health problems: acid reflux, obesity, fibromyalgia, headaches, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, high cholesterol, hypothyroidism or cardiac arrhythmia?

If you said yes to any of the above sleep symptoms or health concerns, and these are only a few, you may be suffering from Sleep Apnea.  Sleep Apnea is the cessation of breathing while sleeping.  Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type.  This is caused by an actual obstruction of the airway, limiting the passage of air to the lungs..  Central Sleep Apnea is a condition where your brain is not able to tell your body to breath and consequently, breathing will stop.  Complex Sleep Apnea is a combination of Central and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. 

 Many important physiological things happen while we are sleeping.  Memory storage, body repair, mental alertness, immune system revitalization, circulatory system stability, and just overall “well being” depend on 7-8 hours of GOOD QUALITY sleep.  If you are spending 8 hours a night in bed, but not receiving the quality of sleep that your body requires, it is as if you did not get any sleep at all. 

A significant amount of work related and motor vehicle accidents are the result of fatigue.  This fatigue is often caused by long term poor sleep quality.

So, your quality of sleep may not only contribute to your own health benefits, but other people’s safety may depend on it as well.

What can be done about improving your sleep quality?  Sleep Apnea is a treatable condition, and treating it will change the quality of your life. 

 At SoundBridge Dental Sleep Therapy, patients consistently tell us how there has been improvement in their health since treating their obstructive sleep apnea.  Some patients even express that they did not realize how tired they were.

 If you think you are suffering from this very common sleep disorder, or know someone who is, you can contact Dr. Karla Bloomquist and Dr. Chiarina Iregui at SoundBridge Dental Sleep Therapy.  We work directly with your primary care and/or  sleep physician., as well as your current dentist. All of us, as your health care team, will get you on the road to good quality, restorative, healthy sleep. 

 

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