It’s time to get up, but you don’t feel like you’ve really slept at all.
Your spouse doesn’t seem too happy either. They mumble something about your snoring keeping them awake again. You’re a little irritated about hearing the same complaints over and over again.
At work, you try to concentrate on the task at hand … but you keep nodding off at your desk. You nearly fell out of your chair, which convinced you to get up, walk around, and get some caffeine to get through the afternoon.
The tired feeling, the snoring, the irritability, and the daytime sleepiness are all symptoms of sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that can prevent you from getting healthy sleep.
You can get treatment for this condition in Plano, TX at 1st In Smiles. Dr. Rick Barfield could help you and your significant other get the restful sleep you both deserve. Call 972-380-8105 to set up a consultation.
Know What’s Happening While You’re Trying to Sleep
Sleep apnea prevents you from breathing correctly when you fall asleep. For people the most common type of this disorder (obstructive sleep apnea), this is because your airway becomes closed off.
This generally happens gradually, which causes the snoring that keeps your spouse awake. That snoring persists until you airway is closed off completely so you stop breathing altogether. When this happens, you’ll wake up (even though you may not remember it) to take a few breaths. Then the cycle we start over again.
This can happen dozens of times every hour and hundreds of times each it. It stops you from reaching the stages of deep sleep. That lead to sleep deprivation, which can explain why you still feel tired in the morning and fight drowsiness throughout the day.
With proper treatment, you can breathe easier, snore less, and enjoy the deep sleep that you need.
Find a Solution to Your Sleep Troubles
The key to treating obstructive sleep apnea is keeping your airways open when you fall asleep.
Many people get a CPAP machine to do this, yet more than half of CPAP users give up on the machine within a year of getting it. Why is that? Some people don’t like wearing a mask while they sleep. Some people find the sounds of the machine distracting. Some people are bothered by the feeling of air being pushed into their airway.
If you have those concerns, then an oral appliance could be the perfect alternative for you. These appliances are custom-made for each patient. They gently shift the position of the lower jaw, which helps to keep your airway open so you can breathe.
If you’ve never been tested for sleep apnea but suspect you may have it, our team can put you in contact with a sleep doctor who can help.