Feeling Tired? The Importance of Getting Enough Rest
Sufficient sleep is fundamental to your overall health. We need air, water, food, and sleep. It is critical that your brain and body have all the time they need to re-boot each day.
Your body, particularly the heart, develops and holds stress throughout the day. When you finally rest, your heart slows down and begins to decompress, relieving the stresses it has been gathering. Your body needs time to recoup and collect enough energy for another day. In sleep, your brain and body revitalize themselves. Your blood pressure lowers, and the pace of age-related diseases slows.
Not getting enough sleep can burden your heart by placing excess strain and stress on the muscle. Heart attacks, strokes, cardiovascular disease and – in extreme circumstances – death have all been linked to sleep disorders.
Snoring is More Than an Annoyance
Frequently, snoring is a pre-cursor for a critical health concern called sleep apnea. Those with sleep apnea experience an obstruction in the airway. Often, they aren’t even aware of it. The obstruction prevents them from getting oxygen regularly while sleeping. Sleep apnea is a strong contributing factor to heart disease. Those affected by sleep apnea experience increased blood pressure, which is a key risk factor in acquiring heart disease and strokes.
The outcome of sleep loss can be serious health concerns or premature death. Sleep deprivation can result in negative effects on brain function, increasing stress hormones and causing depression. Even if you have mild sleep apnea, being fitted with an oral appliance can lead to a reduction or even cessation of snoring. This might be a great gift to your partner!
Our CPAP Alternative
The standard treatment for sleep apnea has been the CPAP device, and it remains a gold standard for moderate to severe sleep apnea. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Air Pressure. A patient is fitted with a machine that pumps a steady stream of air into the patient’s nose or mouth while sleeping. However, many people find wearing this device to be uncomfortable and they stop wearing the mask.
For those medically diagnosed with sleep apnea who can’t tolerate or are frustrated by the CPAP, we can offer you an alternative solution. Our doctors will custom fit you with a Somnodent™ oral appliance. These are small acrylic devices that are worn similar to an orthodontic retainer or mouthguard. They gently realign your tongue and jaw to open the airway and allow more air flow to the lungs. They are easy to wear and clean and are convenient for travel. These devices are very comfortable and have a high success rate for those with sleep apnea and snoring.