It’s not surprising that most of us aren’t getting enough sleep.
In 2016, Everyday Health said the average sleep time was around 6.8 hours, a figure that likely has decreased since then. That’s less than the recommended time for all ages, including naps, which allows us to function at our most optimal levels in terms of energy, focus and productivity.
This isn’t the only reason for declining hours of sleep. Sometimes health conditions can prevent us from enjoying a full night’s sleep. Or, even we do get plenty of sleep, it’s poor quality and you can still wake up too tired or have less energy throughout the day. Chronic fatigue can also cause a variety of dangerous conditions, including lack of alertness and a weakened immune system.
Here are some possible reasons for your fatigue:
- Sleep disorders. Sleep apnea is a condition that causes the soft tissue of your mouth to contract as you sleep. It can cause you to stop breathing dozens of times through the evening, so you never enter the deeper sleep cycles that can provide healing and help you feel refreshed. More than 80 percent of cases of sleep apnea go undiagnosed. We can provide assistance for people with sleep apnea and in some cases ween patients off of their CPAP machine.
- Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD). This is a general term for the pain that can come from a misaligned jaw. Some people may have temporary aches that go away in days or weeks while others experience chronic pain that can go on for years. TMD can be responsible for pain besides the jaw, such as general headache and migraines and shoulder and back pain. We can help provide relief for TMD, whether it’s re-alignment of the jaw or a custom-made mouthpiece specific to your needs to reduce the pain.
- Head pain. Chronic head pain goes beyond the occasional headache. Chronic pain is something that never ends and is especially painful when you chew or even lay down to rest. Along with not wanting to sleep, in extreme cases, loss of appetite occurs and can make you feel even worse. We can provide options to begin treating this pain to get you back on the road to wellness.
We understand how difficult pain and fatigue can be, and we’re here to help you find ways to beat it and find restful sleep again. Contact HollowBrook Sleep
for your free, one-hour consultation.