What Causes Snoring and Sleep Apnea?
Have you been told that you snore excessively, or do you frequently wake yourself up from snoring too loudly? Do you often wake up in the morning feeling groggy and perhaps more exhausted than when you went to bed the night before?
If you responded "yes,” you could be one of almost 25 million Americans suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a serious breathing disorder that manifests itself while you sleep. If left undiagnosed and untreated, OSA can be life-threatening.
Fortunately, West Orange sleep apnea dentist Dr. Ivan F. Stein, founder of New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions, offers the most comfortable and effective sleep apnea treatment, eliminating the need for bulky masks or painful surgery. Dr Stein, inventor of the FDA-cleared Oravan OSA oral appliance, offers a wide array of sleep apnea therapies covered by Medicare and private medical insurance.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
If you experience any of the following sleep apnea symptoms, you should be evaluated by a qualified sleep physician:
- Loud snoring
- Waking up with an extremely sore or dry throat
- Waking up in the middle of sleeping with a choking or gasping sensation
- Waking up frequently to urinate
- Frequent insomnia or trouble staying asleep
- Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day
- Trouble staying awake while driving
- Headaches in the morning
- Restless sleep patterns
- Forgetfulness, inability to concentrate, irritability, depression, other changes in mood and / or a decreased interest in sex
Sleep apnea can affect children as well. Sleep apnea symptoms in children include poor performance at school, hyperactivity, hostility or anger, and breathing through the mouth instead of the nose (during the day). Sleep apnea in children has been linked to attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD). In some cases, a diagnosis linking a child’s ADD or ADHD to his or her sleep apnea can eliminate the need for unnecessary medications. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that any child who snores loudly or regularly should be scheduled for a consultation with a sleep specialist.
What Is Sleep Apnea, Exactly?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which sufferers temporarily stop breathing while sleeping. OSA occurs when the throat muscles that normally keep the airway open collapse, or relax, during sleep. This momentarily obstructs the respiratory passage, so air cannot flow to the lungs, resulting in a temporary inability to breathe.
More About Sleep Apnea
OSA sufferers legitimately undergo a near-death experience every time they sustain a bout of sleep apnea. They often respond to an OSA experience by unconsciously thrashing around as they try to breathe. When this happens, OSA sufferers usually enter a much lighter sleep state, thus interrupting a peaceful night’s rest.
Due to the fact that those who suffer from OSA can experience between 80 and almost 500 episodes each night, it is not shocking that they feel exhausted even after a night’s sleep and that they struggle to stay awake during the day. The recurring battle to keep breathing while sleeping also explains why undiagnosed OSA sufferers may wake up amidst disheveled bedding, with wildly tousled hair and sweat-soaked bodies.
What to Do If You Think You Might Suffer From Sleep Apnea
If you think you might suffer from sleep apnea, West Orange sleep apnea dentist Dr. Stein of New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions can help. NJ Sleep Apnea Solutions is a world leader in the treatment of sleep disorders, including OSA. At NJ Sleep Apnea Solutions, sleep apnea treatment does not require surgery or the use of a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) mask. Dr. Stein treats OSA with the use of non-intrusive oral appliance therapy.
If you are a heavy snorer (or experience other OSA symptoms) and are tired of waking up exhausted, contact New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stein by calling (855) WHY-SNORE or (855) 949-7667 now. A good night’s rest is just a phone call away.