Lack of Sleep Leads to Severe Medical Issues

Pioneering new sleep clinic in Colorado Springs treats patients for sleep disorders and other lack of sleep issues that can lead to chronic health problems.

COLORADO SPRINGS – Chronic sleep loss is increasingly linked to the following medical conditions: obesity, heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, depression, anxiety, and ADD / ADHD in children. In fact, according to some estimates, 90% of people with insomnia also have another health condition. (WebMD)

“People are starting to realize that lack of sleep is more than just an annoyance,” says Dr. Eric Erlander with HollowBrook Sleep. “It can literally lead to diseases that can kill you.”

A new clinic in Colorado Springs aims to help patients figure out the underlying cause of their sleep disorders and to treat them quickly and effectively. HollowBrook Sleep opened its doors quietly in 2014 and has already helped many patients to achieve improved health and a higher quality of life.

HollowBrook Sleep is the only medical treatment facility in the state of Colorado that offers C-PAP fittings and adjustments, oral appliances, in-clinic and at-home sleep testing, positional diagnosis, and dental treatments. The clinic includes two dentists who are members of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and an American Academy of Sleep Medicine board certified sleep physician.

“Often, we see patients who have been to other medical specialists across the city, from neurologists, psychiatrists, chiropractors, physical therapists, other dentists, and they haven’t found relief,” says Dr. Erlander. “Some have given up completely. And we are able to deliver them relatively quickly to a drug-free, pain-free life.”

Even patients who are already on C-PAP machines for sleep disorders have been able to get rid of the machines or wear them more comfortably.

Diane Page had been wearing a C-PAP machine for years. The mask covered her entire face and was uncomfortable but she thought she had no choice.

“I would have done anything to get rid of that C-PAP machine,” says Page. “Dr. Erlander fitted me with an oral appliance and it worked! I got rid of the C-PAP machine!”

Another patient, Shannon Rogers, had experienced head, neck and jaw pain for years but visits to other doctors had led her to believe she’d need surgery on her jaw, or long term prescription pain medications. She tried HollowBrook Sleep as a last-ditch effort.

“I went to Dr. Erlander with such severe, chronic pain that I was ready to surgically break my jaw and reset it,” Rogers says. “He fitted me with an oral appliance and I had relief within days from pain that had been plaguing me for years. I literally cried from the relief.”

The doctors at HollowBrook Sleep have even seen patients who don’t think they have a sleep disorder, but their loved ones will no longer sleep with them due to snoring and apnea gasping.

“We have helped people who just want to share a bed again with the person they love,” says Erlander.

For more information, contact HollowBrook Sleep at 719-426-9305.

Why Am I Always Tired?

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.comsymptoms of sleep apnea

10 Reasons Why You are Tired All of the Time

  1. Depression
  2. Sleep apnea
  3. Skipping breakfast
  4. Glass of wine before bed
  5. You’re dehydrated
  6. Napping
  7. You’re not consuming enough iron
  8. You’re checking your phone before bedtime
  9. Caffeine
  10. 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.

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