Constantly Snoring? You Could Suffer From Sleep Apnea

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Sleep is very important yet many take it for granted. It is recommended that one gets at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night in order to live a healthy life. Lack of sufficient sleep doesn’t just make you feel tired during your waking hours; it is actually a risk factor for numerous serious conditions like diabetes, obesity and even heart failure. There are various conditions that can make it difficult for one to get sufficient, quality sleep a good example being sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a disorder that affects one’s breathing pattern when asleep. It causes a person to stop breathing or breathe very shallowly for a few seconds or even minutes, repeatedly for the entire duration of sleep. The pauses in breathing usually occurs multiple times every hour, and as a result, the affected person moves from deep to shallow sleep consequently affecting sleep quality.

Shallow sleeping is not good as it hinders the body’s natural repair process. As a result, when you wake up every morning feeling tired. Sleep apnea is a chronic problem which makes most people to suffer from chronic exhaustion. The following are some of the symptoms of this sleep condition.

Waking up with a headache: due to multiple pauses in breathing during the duration of sleep, the body is denied sufficient supply of oxygen. The problem also causes an increase in blood carbon dioxide level. As a result, the heart is forced to work harder in order to restore normalcy; this of course means that blood pressure increases which in turn causes a headache.

Trouble paying attention: If you don’t get sufficient sleep then your brain won’t be able to repair fully, and as a result, you will have trouble being attentive at work, in class and other environments.

Irritability: Insufficient sleeps translates to insufficient rest. If your body is not well rested, then you will find it hard to relax and consequently even the slightest of provocation will get you all worked up. Lack of sufficient rest may also affect libido and cause depression.

Heavy snoring: this is caused by blockage of the air passage.

Waking up with a dry mouth and/or sore throat

Waking up in the middle of the night gasping for air

Clearly, sleep apnea can affect one’s quality of life; the good news, however, is that treatment is readily available and in most cases it is pretty effective. Dr Poss has the necessary expertise to treat moderate conitions. Being a dentist, he uses various oral appliances to tackle this problem. CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) is one of the most common treatment approaches. In this case, one is required to wear a mask that allows for continuous delivery of oxygen throughout the duration of sleep.

The mask is, however, quite uncomfortable, and this is why Dr Poss has alternatives a good example being custom-made snoreguards. If you are in need of sleep apnea treatment, then it would be a good idea to visit him so that he can assess, and consequently, provide you with a custom solution.