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Take Your Sleep to the Next Level For National Sleep Awareness Week

March 2, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drromack @ 9:11 pm
Woman smiling after receiving sleep apnea treatment in Weatherford

According to the National Sleep Foundation, March 13th to 19th is National Sleep Awareness Week. With it just around the corner, now is the perfect time to make sure that you’re getting the shuteye you need day-to-day. If you have an undiagnosed sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, it’s possible you may need sleep apnea treatment in Weatherford to feel properly rested and avoid health complications later in life. If you’re tired of feeling tired, learn why getting treatment soon is so important.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition where breathing repeatedly starts and stops during sleep. Apneas refer to pauses in breathing that last for at least ten seconds. While there are two types of sleep apnea (obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea), the former is far more common. Also known as OSA, obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by muscles in the back of the throat overrelaxing, resulting in a blockage in the airway.

OSA can develop for a variety of reasons. Keep in mind that you may be at greater risk on average if you:

  • Have a small upper airway, large overbite, recessed chin, or small jaw
  • Are overweight
  • Have a large neck circumference
  • Are over the age of 60
  • Are male
  • Have a history of sleep apnea in your family

The Most Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

If you share a bed with someone, they may be able to help you catch symptoms sooner. For example, loud snoring can be an indicator for sleep apnea, but it’s not the only sign to look for. Other common symptoms include:

  • Choking or gasping in the middle of the night
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Moodiness, irritability, and difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling fatigued when you wake up, even after going to bed early
  • Dry mouth, sore throat, and headaches upon waking up

The Importance of Getting Diagnosed and Treated

Untreated sleep apnea leads to far more health complications than just feeling tired day after day. It can also make it more difficult for you to concentrate while at work, resulting in loss productivity. If you drive often, you could even fall asleep at the wheel and end up in an accident.

Other health complications from untreated sleep apnea include but are not limited to:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Cardiac events like heart attacks
  • Complications during surgery
  • Liver problems

If you can never seem to get enough sleep despite going to bed at a decent hour, it may be time to reach out to a professional. From there, you can discuss your symptoms and learn about your treatment options.

About the Author

Dr. Deborah Romack is highly trained to provide treatments specifically designed to target symptoms caused by obstructive sleep apnea. Over the years, she’s attended numerous continuing education courses on snoring, airway obstruction, and oral appliance therapy. To schedule an appointment with her office and have a one-on-one consultation, you can contact her through her website.

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