How many times have your loved ones complained about your snoring keeping them awake? How many mornings have your woken up feeling as tired as you were when you went to bed?
If you know the answer is too many times, then you may be suffering from a sleep disorder. Loud snoring and sleep deprivation are both signs of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). You can treat this condition. We offer treatment at our Royal Oak, MI office.
To schedule a consultation, call (248) 721-4502 today.
Why You Feel Tired
Fatigue and daytime sleepiness are both symptoms of sleep deprivation. If you have OSA, you aren’t getting the kind of deep, quality sleep that you need.
The reason is you aren’t breathing. Specifically, your airway is becoming blocked when you fall asleep. If you have OSA, this can happen dozens or hundreds of times each night depending on the severity of your condition.
Your body responds to those stoppages by waking you up. These are typically brief, but long enough for you to take a few breaths before drifting off again. This prevents you from reaching the stages of deep sleep. Without deep sleep, you don’t feel as rested as you should.
The breathing stoppages also keeps your body in a state of stress, which may explain why people with sleep apnea are more likely to have high blood pressure, heart attacks, cardiovascular disease, and strokes.
The snoring that occurs (between those breathing stoppages) can prevent your loved ones from getting the sleep they need, too. When no one is getting the sleep they need, this can lead to people feeling irritable and easily annoyed.
Treating your condition could help everyone sleep easier.
Take Control Of Your Sleep
To treat OSA, you need a way to keep breathing when you fall asleep. You accomplish this goal by finding a way to keep your airways open.
One option is using a CPAP machine. By wearing a mask, the machine pushes air into your airway so soft tissues don’t close in to cut off your breathing. This can be effective, but more than half of CPAP users give up on their machines. The mask can be irritating. The air pressure can be difficult to adjust to feeling, and some machines can be loud.
Many patients find our treatment is more comfortable and convenient. We can create an oral appliance for you to wear while you sleep. This keeps your airway open, allowing you to continue breathing. You then stay asleep long enough to reach the stages of deep sleep. You also snore less, which is better for the people who share a hallway, room, or bed with you.
Get The Rest You Need
Many patients have reported great results after trying our appliances. When you get healthy sleep, it changes how you feel throughout the day. You have more energy. You can stay focused on tasks for work or home improvement projects.