Have you ever been so tired on the drive home from work that you can barely keep your eyes open? Or what about being so distracted while on the road that once you get home, you can barely recall the drive at all?
This is not uncommon among busy, hard working adults. With work, family, and household responsibilities, it’s easy to feel completely worn out from time to time.
The problem, though, is when you’re fighting to stay awake almost every single day! When you’re that exhausted that often, it’s time to start looking at the reasons why. That’s what our team at Rod Eccles, DDS is here to help you with today!
In our Plainfield, IN dental office, we see patients all the time who complain about feeling tired and sluggish for no apparent reason. Then, they get a sleep test. If Dr. Eccles finds that sleep apnea is behind their symptoms, he can treat it effectively, and help them finally feel rested and alert.
So if you’ve felt like everyday day is one long fight to stay awake no matter how many hours of sleep you try to get, then you need to keep reading today’s blog to see if sleep apnea may be what’s making you nearly nod off at the wheel.
How Does Sleep Apnea Affect You?
Sleep apnea has many symptoms, all of which can seem totally unrelated unless you know what to look for. But more on that in a minute. For now, let’s talk about what it is.
We’re talking about a sleep condition where you stop breathing off and on throughout the night. This could be happening for a couple of reasons:
You have obstructive sleep apnea – This is when your airway literally becomes block as you’re sleeping.
You have central sleep apnea – This is when your brain fails to send the necessary signals to the rest of your body that allow you to breathe normally.
In either case, once you stop breathing, you will jerk awake, struggle for air, and then drift off back to sleep once your breathing normalizes. This can happen hundreds of times each night, keeping you from a full, deep sleep. Is it any wonder a person with sleep apnea feels exhausted each day?
To complicate matters, it’s happening while you sleep, so many people don’t even realize they’re doing it. That can make it pretty hard to connect the dots when trying to identify the problem.
So what are the seemingly unrelated symptoms we mentioned? Here are just a few.
-You snore loudly night after night.
-You wake up feeling like you didn’t get much sleep.
-You wake up with a sore throat, but aren’t sick otherwise.
-You struggle to stay awake throughout the day.
-You have difficulty concentrating or maintaining focus throughout the day.
-You’re more irritable than usual.
-You’ve gained weight without any changes to your diet or lifestyle.
With all these debilitating symptoms, a person with sleep apnea will find it increasingly difficult to function. You also run the risk of having car accidents because you’re too distracted, can’t focus, or are fighting to keep your eyes open while behind the wheel!
Sleep apnea treatment in our Plainfield dental office can help end the vicious cycle so you can feel rested and alert!
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
When you come to Rod Eccles, DDS for a consultation, he can set up a sleep test to determine if you suffer from sleep apnea. If your test reveals confirms his suspicions, then it’s time to try one of two approaches for relief:
CPAP Machine – This is an electric-powered machine that involves wearing a mask while you sleep so that air can be moved constantly through your airways allowing you to breathe easily.
Oral appliance – For other patients, an oral appliance is more suitable treatment. With an oral appliance, your airways can remain open on their own in a way that allows oxygen to flow naturally and normally.
Either way, you’re sure to get the good night’s rest you’ve been missing!
Time To Wake Up And Treat Your Sleep Apnea!
It’s time to trade in those sleepless nights and exhausting days for rest and rejuvenation!
Call our Plainfield, IN dental office today at 317-682-0884 or fill out our convenient online form to schedule a sleep apnea consultation!