A great night’s sleep can leave us feeling refreshed, energetic, and ready to face any challenges the day brings. Just one night of poor sleep can affect our performance, concentration, and energy levels for the day. If you cannot remember the last time you woke up rested and energized, you may be suffering from a condition that is affecting the quality of your sleep. For many, this comes in the form of sleep apnea in Wayne, NJ.

 

How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?

Many people do not realize they suffer from sleep apnea until someone tells them. If you have been told your snoring is worsening or you wake gasping for breath, you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. This condition occurs when your airway is blocked—usually from relaxed muscles in the throat—which momentarily cuts off your oxygen supply. These lapses in breathing can happen hundreds of times each night, and cause disturbances in the natural sleep cycles your body needs to recharge.

 

Signs and symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Snoring
  • Gasping during sleep
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Memory loss

 The Relationship Between Sleep Apnea and Health

During a deep, restful sleep, your body is in restoration mode. Muscles relax, blood pressure drops, and your body detoxes, builds up muscle tissue, and strengthens your immune system. Continuous nights of poor sleep not only affect your energy levels, but can increase your risk for other serious health problems as well.

 

Sleep Apnea increases your risk for…

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Chronic acid reflux
  • Weight gain 
  • Stroke

 How Can My Dentist Help?

Treating obstructive sleep apnea is vital to your health and well-being. Dr. Laurence Breiterman has been treating patients with sleep apnea for over two decades, and offers convenient and comfortable custom oral appliances as treatment. If you have sleep apnea in Wayne, NJ that is affecting your quality of sleep, schedule a consultation with Dr. Breiterman today to learn more.