We Can Help Improve Your Quality Of Sleep
Do you wake each morning after a full night’s sleep and still feel like you didn’t get enough rest? Maybe you’ve heard from a loved one that you frequently snore. If so, you may be experiencing the effects of a common sleep condition that affects nearly a billion people each year — sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common condition that causes patients to stop breathing for a short time due to the tongue blocking the airway and causing the obstruction. Each time you stop breathing, due to lack of oxygen, your brain is alerted to the disruption, causing you to wake. This pattern typically continues through the entire sleep period.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
Many patients remain undiagnosed and are left untreated because symptoms are oftentimes overlooked and thought to be due to restless sleep. The wakeful times during the night are so brief, lasting only mere seconds or less, that many patients don’t realize they are awake. Be mindful for symptoms such as:
- Loud snoring
- Waking up gasping for breath
- Exhaustion after a full night of sleep
- Headaches in the morning
- Waking with a dry mouth
- Difficulty staying asleep
What is the Importance of Treatment
Sleep apnea that remains untreated can be detrimental to your overall health. Our bodies need quality sleep to recharge and function properly. When the proper sleep is lacking, it can cause extreme daytime sleepiness, leading to accidents while working or driving that could have otherwise been avoided. Untreated sleep apnea can also lead to health complications such as memory loss, depression, anxiety, heart disease, increase in blood pressure and stroke. It can even lead to a decreased life expectancy and death.
If you feel that you or a loved one might be suffering from sleep apnea and are experiencing any of the warning signs above, please reach out to our office located in New Braunfels, TX. We can discuss options for you, and if you need an oral device for sleeping, we can help create a custom apparatus for your needs. We can help get your sleep back on track.