Getting a good night’s rest is important. Good quality sleep allows your body and mind time to rest and repair, essentially restoring itself. Sleep is essential for your mental, emotional, and physical health, helping you to remain sharp, in control of your emotions, and healthy. While one poor night’s sleep may only make you groggy for the day, continually waking up day after day feeling completely exhausted can have serious consequences. For millions of Americans, this is a reality. If you are one of those who is always exhausted, no matter what time you go to bed the night before, you may be living with a condition known as sleep apnea. Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center may be able to help.
What is Sleep Apnea?
To get quality sleep, and wake the next morning feeling rested and refreshed, your body must go through several sleep cycles. If you have sleep apnea, however, your sleep cycles are constantly interrupted. With this condition, you wake several times during the course of the night, and you may have no idea that it’s even happening. Every time you wake up, you have to start all over again when you fall back asleep. These awakenings are known as apneic events. Sleep apnea ranges in severity from mild (5 to 14 apneic events per sleeping hour) to severe (more than 30 events per sleeping hour). It’s no wonder you wake up exhausted.
There are three different types of sleep apnea:
What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
There are several symptoms that can point toward sleep apnea:
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea needs to be diagnosed before it can be treated. To do this, you will need to undergo a sleep study, which is conducted by a highly trained sleep expert. These individuals help to diagnose your sleep apnea (or other sleep-related issues), as well as help you manage your treatments.
How is Sleep Apnea Treated?
There are several different types of treatments available for sleep apnea, depending on your specific circumstances. If your sleep apnea is mild, you may be able to manage it on your own. Common home remedies for sleep apnea include:
For many sleep apnea patients, professional treatments may be required. These treatments include such things as:
If you constantly wake up feeling like you never went to sleep in the first place, regardless of the time you went to bed, you may have sleep apnea. Call Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center today at (775) 430-5355 and find out what we can do for you.