Common Misunderstandings About Sleep Apnea

What does central Arkansas dentistry have to do with sleep apnea? Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances have helped many people get a good night’s sleep. While it is not the right solution for everyone. Here are a few things you should consider.

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We’ll work with your medical doctor to find a solution for your apnea that will be comfortable for you.

1. Confusion about what insomnia and sleep apnea actually are.

Sleep apnea and insomnia are often related. If you have sleep apnea, you are not getting a good night’s rest. There are several reasons we don’t get good sleep. Sleep apnea is one of them.

Many people think sleep apnea is just a medical term for snoring. Snoring is very common, so it’s easy to overlook and often disregarded as an annoyance. Snoring can be a side effect of sleep apnea, it should be mentioned to your doctor, especially if you wake up feeling tired.

Insomnia is the inability to sleep. Most people base the quality of their sleep on how fast they can fall asleep. However, difficulty falling asleep is not the only symptom of insomnia. People with insomnia can also wake up too early, or wake up feeling unrefreshed.

When you wake up at night do you tend to just toss and turn until you fall asleep again? This is another misunderstanding about insomnia. Doctors recommend only lying awake in bed for 15 to 20 minutes. After that you should get up and do something until you are ready to sleep. By tossing and turning, you are conditioning your body to think of your bed as a time to stay awake. When you only use your bed for sleeping, you will have an easier time falling asleep once your head hits the pillow.

Other signs that you are not getting enough sleep.

  • Feeling tired during the day.
  • Forgetting things, especially things stored in your short term memory.
  • A change in emotions. Someone who is not sleeping well may experience mood swings and even depression.
  • Headaches.

2. Not fully appreciating your bodies need for sleep.

Ever have a friend that never seems to need much sleep? Our bodies need a regular sleeping pattern to function properly. While we sleep our brain goes through a healthy process of restoring itself for the next day. Chronic lack of sleep can lead to serious health issues like cardiovascular problems.

3. Finding the right solutions. How can a dentist help?

Sleep apnea cases are unique to the shape of the patient’s mouth, the size of their throat, and much more. Each case should be carefully considered for the best possible solution. Patients with sleep apnea sometimes find that wearing a sleep apnea oral appliance mouthpiece to keep their airway open helps with their condition.

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