By Eric Erlander, DDS
Hello and welcome to the HollowBrook Sleep Blog! Today’s question: Why am I always tired?
Actually, that is a question we hear every single day. People suffer when they don’t sleep! Even people who think they are sleeping just fine often discover that a sleep disorder is at the heart of their symptoms. I could cite dozens of studies to prove that sleep disorders are an emerging medical concern. Here is an article I ran across just yesterday.
This list ran in TheActiveTimes.com
10 Reasons Why You are Tired All of the Time
- Sleep apnea
- Skipping breakfast
- Glass of wine before bed
- You’re dehydrated
- You’re not consuming enough iron
- You’re checking your phone before bedtime
- You’re not exercising enough
Of course, I’m very concerned about people with undiagnosed sleep apnea. Not only is it annoying to wake up tired every morning, but this sleep condition can lead to much more severe issues. Sleep apnea occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain — and the rest of the body — may not get enough oxygen.
According to the American Sleep Apnea Association: “It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80 percent of the cases of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea undiagnosed. OSA, which represents the great preponderance of the cases,when left untreated can lead to high blood pressure, chronic heart failure, atrial fibrillation, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems; it is associated with type 2 diabetes and depression; and is a factor in many traffic accidents and accidents with heavy machinery, owing to the persistent drowsiness suffered by many OSA patients before the disease is recognized and treated. The public and the health community are generally aware of the increasing obesity of Americans, a phenomenon related to the increase in sleep apnea. Few outside the sleep medicine community, however, are aware that too little good sleep appears to be as much a factor in obesity as too much food and too little exercise.”
Until very recently, the only way to treat sleep apnea was with a C-Pap machine. While typically effective in treating this sleep disorder, C-Pap machines can often be intolerable to people, who face everything from facial pain to claustrophobia when using the machines.
At HollowBrook Sleep, we are revolutionizing he treatment of sleep apnea with custom-fitted oral appliances. These non-invasive nighttime appliances help open up the airways of sleep apnea sufferers, thereby allowing them to achieve a much more natural night of sleep.
If you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnea, please, please call us today. Time delayed can increase the risk of serious health issues. We would love to help you return to a high quality of life through consistent, refreshing slumber!
About HollowBrook Sleep:
HollowBrook Sleep has built a multi-specialty team of medical and dental providers to offer patient care with the best possible outcomes. Our continuum-of-care service model for patients allows all health care providers to collaborate in the best interest of the patient. Our services include: Home Sleep Testing,Oral Appliance Therapy, 3D Cone Beam Imaging, In-Facility Diagnostic Sleep Study, and more. Our goal at HollowBrook Sleep is to improve the overall health and wellness of our patients. Call us today at 719-426-9305.