Sleep Better, Stop Snoring: Sleep Apnea Treatment in Mt. Holly
Do you get a good night's sleep?
Signs of Sleep Apnea:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Sexual dysfunction
- Memory loss
- Difficulty concentrating
Did You Know?
- 90% of stroke victims also suffer from sleep apnea
- If you have sleep apnea, you are twice as likely to die in your sleep
- If you have sleep apnea, you are 7 times more likely to have a car accident
- Sleep apnea sufferers have 40% greater risk of depression.
- Sleep apnea sufferers are more likely to have sexual impotence and develop diabetes and have high blood pressure.
The good news is, there's a solution. Traditionally, the treatment is to wear a CPAP machine. It's basically an air pump that is attached to a face mask that keeps the airway open so breathing doesn't stop. Unfortunately, many people either cannot or will not wear their CPAP. The alternative is an oral appliance.
With the exception of the most severe cases, oral appliances are very effective in opening the airway. These appliances maintain a forward positioning of the lower jaw. Bringing the jaw forward moves the tongue away from the back of the throat, thereby removing the blockage that impedes breathing.
Hints for Better Sleep:
- Go to sleep and wake up the same time every day.
- Establish a relaxing bedtime routine such as soaking in a hot bath, reading or listening to soothing music.
- Ensure your bedroom is dark, quiet, comfortable & cool.
- Sleep on a comfortable mattress & pillows.
- Use the bedroom only for sleep & intimacy; no TV.
- Finish eating at least 2 - 3 hours before bedtime.
- Exercise regularly.
- Avoid caffeine (e.g. coffee, tea, chocolate, soft drinks) within 6 - 8 hours before bedtime.
- Avoid nicotine - when used close to bedtime can lead to poor sleep.
- Avoid alcohol close to bedtime.
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