Have you ever gone to bed early only to wake up and feel like you didn’t get any sleep at all? Are you constantly tired and can’t seem to find the right balance of rest to keep you from taking a nap at your desk?
There could be more to your problem than you think. Sure, life can interfere with our nighttime habits (like when we’re stressed about a personal or work issue) leaving you lying awake at night. This time is crucial for your body to replenish and rejuvenate everything from your brain function to your vital organs. Here’s what happens when you sleep:
But what happens if you don’t get enough sleep? That’s where there could be a problem. If you’re waking up tired and groggy every day or if your bed partner is complaining that you’re keeping them awake with your loud snoring, there could be an underlying issue called sleep apnea to blame.
Let’s talk a little bit more about this disorder that could be keeping you up at night and you don’t even know it! Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is what most people who are struggling to get a good night’s sleep are diagnosed with. This is how it works:
Soft tissue located in the back of your throat collapses
Your airway becomes blocked
Snoring can occur
You may stop breathing while you sleep (hundreds of times a night)
You don’t really get any restful sleep
Many patients must undergo a sleep study or test that’s otherwise known as a polysomnogram. Sometimes an overnight stay in a hospital or medical facility is necessary so doctors and specialists can monitor what happens to you while your sleeping. There are also take-home, electronic sleep monitoring devices that can record sleep patterns.
If sleep apnea is the suspected culprit of you nighttime woes, there are a few ways doctors and even your friendly dentists at All About Smiles can give you some relief.
If you’re interested in speaking with someone at All About Smiles about your sleep apnea, please don’t hesitate to give our Wilmington office a call. Schedule some time to speak with us about how an oral appliance can change the way you and your body experience sleep.
It all adds up to better health, smile, body, and spirit!