When you wake up in the morning feeling rested, you are much more likely to feel ready to tackle the tasks ahead of you. However, after a poor night of sleep, you often feel groggy, and drag yourself through your day. Plenty of people experience this from time to time. However, they go to sleep that night, sleep well, and wake up the following morning feeling refreshed and back to their normal selves. For millions of Americans, though, good sleep seems impossible. Day after day, they wake up feeling more exhausted than when they went to bed the night before. Does this sound familiar? If so, you may be living with sleep apnea, and Neu Family Dental can help.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
When you sleep, your body goes through two cycles. These cycles rotate several times, allowing your body to repair itself, restore your energy for the next day, and even process emotions. Completing these cycles is necessary for waking up rested and refreshed. Sleep apnea is a condition that interrupts these cycles. It causes you to stop breathing for a few seconds, called an apneic event, several times throughout the night. Every time you stop breathing, you wake up, but you may not be aware of it. This interrupts your sleep cycles, and the body needs to start over again when you fall asleep. With sleep apnea ranging from mild, 5 to 14 apneic events per sleeping hour, to severe, 30 or more events per sleeping hour, it is no wonder you wake up feeling so tired. Your body never has the time it needs to properly restore itself.
There Are a Couple of Types of Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
There are numerous symptoms that can point toward sleep apnea.
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
Before being treated, a formal diagnosis of sleep apnea is needed. This is done through a sleep study, which can be done at a clinic or lab or in your own home. During this study, you are hooked up to machines that monitor electrical signals from your brain and muscles. The machines record everything, and the data is analyzed by a sleep specialist. This specialist will be able to diagnose sleep apnea, or other sleep-related disorders, and recommend treatment.
Treatments for Sleep Apnea
There are several treatments that are used to treat sleep apnea.
With proper treatment, you will finally be able to get the quality sleep you need, which can boost your mood, your health, and your overall quality of life. Call Neu Family Dental today for more information at (224) 484-0227.
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