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Ending the Discomfort of Sleep Apnea

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If there’s anything that will ruin the peaceful sleep of your entire family, it is a loud, raucous snore. Unfortunately, it seems like there is little to nothing that can be done since you snore while you are unconsciously sleeping. However, most snoring is the result of something else, and in most cases we see, loud, consistent snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, which affects millions every night. There are some things you can do to improve your sleep apnea symptoms, and we have listed those below.

Habit Changes
Sleep apnea is sometimes a result of being overweight or excessively using tobacco or alcohol. In order to improve your symptoms, you might consider dropping some weight or giving up these vices. It’s reported that your sleep apnea will improve 30% for every 10% of body fat you lose! Another easy way to improve your snoring is to learn to sleep on your side.

The most common treatment for sleep apnea is the CPAP machine. This is a breathing machine that patients wear over their faces as they sleep. The CPAP forces air down your throat, holding the airway open so that you can have a peaceful sleep. The problem is that many patients are bothered more by the machine itself than the sleep apnea.

Oral Appliances
Most patients prefer an oral appliance to a CPAP machine. An oral appliance forces the lower jaw forward, which holds the airway open, allowing you to breathe easier while you are sleeping. It is also preferred by sleeping partners who can finally rest without the sound of loud snoring or a CPAP machine.

If you are having trouble snoring, or you often wake up feeling unrefreshed, it might be time to be checked here in the office. Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed, which can lead to further problems down the road. Contact us today to set up an appointment. Let us know what you are experiencing, and we will take steps to improve your sleep, as well as the sleep of everyone else in your home!

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