Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that leads to a variety of problems because it makes it nearly impossible to get a good night of sleep. It’s important to get sleep apnea diagnosed and treated, if you think you have it.
The National Sleep Foundation recognizes March 13-19, 2022, as Sleep Awareness Week. Sleep is essential to your overall health and wellbeing. Quality rest recharges your mind and body so you are prepared for the day ahead. Lack of sleep leads to poor concentration, irritability, poor cognitive performance, and chronic health problems.
Sleep experts recommend numerous ways to improve your sleep. Many of these measures revolve around sleep hygiene, which involves things like avoiding caffeine and large meals before bedtime, putting away digital devices before bedtime, exercising regularly, and keeping a regular sleep schedule. In addition, disorders like sleep apnea must be addressed.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
Signs of potential sleep apnea include:
- Gasping for air in the night
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Sore throat upon waking
- Choking sounds during the night
Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, but most people with sleep apnea snore along with choking or gasping in the night. The person with sleep apnea is often unaware of these issues, but the sounds and symptoms may be noticed by a partner or spouse, or someone else in the house who hears the noises.
The only way to know if you have sleep apnea is to be evaluated by a medical professional. Dr. Scott Greenhalgh provides sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment. Once the diagnosis has been confirmed, Dr. Greenhalgh will work in coordination with you and your physician to develop a treatment plan.
Most people with sleep apnea can benefit from an oral appliance worn over the teeth during the night. It looks like a mouth guard or retainer. It holds your jaws in a position that prevents the tissues of the throat and mouth from sinking back and blocking the airway, which is what causes obstructive sleep apnea.
Start the Process Today
Sleep Awareness Week is a great opportunity to get started on the path to better sleep. If you think you may be experiencing sleep apnea and you live in Lakewood or the Denver Metro, please call the practice of Dr. Scott Greenhalgh, at 303-988-9060.