Having Trouble Sleeping? You May Be Suffering From “Sleep Apnea.”
by Dr. Carole Sherrod Jewell, DMD, Red Bank, New Jersey Dentist
Everyone needs a good night’s sleep. Sleep is an essential part of maintaining your good health.
1 in every 15 Americans is losing sleep every night because of “sleep apnea.” If you’re one of them, we can help you with Sleep Apnea Treatment.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a fairly common (but potentially life threatening) sleep disorder that causes you to actually stop breathing while you are asleep (sometimes for over a minute!). You wake up tired and cannot figure out why you aren’t getting a good night’s sleep.
Sleep apnea is usually caused by an obstruction of your airway. Sleep apnea and snoring usually happens during your sleep when your body relaxes and the soft tissues in your throat and nasal passages relax. Your relaxed tissues, tonsils and tongue may block your airway and restrict your breathing. This usually results in a heavy snoring and interrupted sleep, which can lead to excessive sleepiness and fatigue during the daytime. Without the proper amount of sleep, you may be facing health problems such as anxiety, depression, headaches, high blood pressure, etc. If your condition continues, your body’s defenses will be weakened, leaving you more susceptible to illness, infection, heart attack, or stroke.
You May Have Sleep Apnea if you experience these symptoms:
- LOUD, heavy snoring
- Feeling TIRED during the day
- Restless sleep during the night
Other symptoms may include the following:
- decreased sex drive,
- frequent heartburn,
- increased heart rate,
- mood changes,
- trouble concentrating,
- unexplained weight gain,
- and more.
If you are currently experiencing any of these common symptoms of sleep apnea, Call Dr. Sherrod Jewell’s office at 732-741-4700 for help.