Do I have sleep disorder?

Impaired sleep can harm your heart by putting undue stress and strain on the muscle. This can result in various symptoms. Cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, strokes and in extreme cases, death, have all been linked, to sleep debt. Chronic sleep loss hinders your body’s ability to perform even basic metabolic functions, including regulating your hormones. If you think you have a sleep disorder, read on.

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Snoring is often a pre-cursor to a more severe problem, known as sleep apnea. Those with this problem experience a blockage in their breathing airway, without even realizing it. This blockage deprives them of getting oxygen regularly throughout the night. Sleep apnea sufferers have an increase in developing high blood pressure – a major risk factor in developing heart disease and strokes.

The effects of sleep deprivation can lead to severe health concerns and an untimely death. Sleep deficiencies can negatively affect your brain function, which increases your stress hormones and leads to depression.

Do you suffer from a sleep disorder? Check out these FAQ’s

Do I have a sleep disorder?

Lack of sleep, whether it's caused by snoring or sleep apnea, takes away from a third of each 24-hour day your body sets aside to recover from the never-ending buildup of everyday stress. During sleep, blood vessels relax and blood pressure plummets. Your body needs this time to recharge. Without it, you put yourself at risk of developing serious health complications.

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What are the symptoms of a sleep disorder?

There are many adverse symptoms associated with sleep disorders, ranging from minor to genuinely severe.

These symptoms include:

  • Slower reflexes
  • Irritability
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Impaired memory
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke

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  • How common is sleep apnea?

    If you struggle with sleep apnea, you're not alone. The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine reports that 18 million Americans, over 5% of the country's population, have sleep apnea.

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    What is the difference between snoring and sleep apnea?

    Snoring is less severe than sleep apnea. It caused by a partial blockage in the upper airways. Sleep apnea is caused by a larger blockage than what causes snoring. It's characterized by prolonged shallow breathing and heavy snoring while sleeping. Those suffering from sleep apnea actually stop breathing for regular 10 - 60 second periods. It prevents them from inhaling enough oxygen during sleep.

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    Is sleep apnea dangerous?

    Yes, it is. The blockage prevents you from inhaling a normal amount of oxygen at night. It's only a little bit of oxygen that you miss on a daily (or nightly) basis, but the effects build up night after night, year after year. Over time, sleep apnea increases your risk of developing high blood pressure and heart disease.

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    What are the risk factors for sleep apnea?

    Anyone can get sleep apnea, but it does affect some people more than others. Men in the 35 to 65-years old age range are more likely to experience sleep apnea. Excessive alcohol consumption can also play a role, as well as previous or ongoing complications with hypertension or heart problems.

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    How can a dentist treat sleep apnea?

    A dentist will first diagnose if you have sleep apnea, and then help you decide which device is right for you.

    One of the more powerful devices is called CPAP, short for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. CPAP is a lightweight motor that is attached by a large hose to a mask strapped to your face, covering your nose. The air going through this connection goes down into your throat as you sleep, keeping airways open and blood pressure down.
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    Deldar Dental offers sleep disorder treatments in Noblesville, Carmel, Fishers, Indianapolis, Lapel, Westfield, and surrounding areas.

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