The Sleeping Problem You May Not Know You Have

Jan 8th, 2013 | By | Category: Richmond Dentist, Sleep Apnea

Sleep ApneaIf you’ve ever stayed up later than you should, or had trouble sleeping due to stress, anxiety, or any number of reasons, then you probably recall the sluggish, drowsy feeling of sleep deprivation the next day. The next night may very well have felt like the best sleep you’ve ever had. Insomnia and other sleep troubles are notorious for depriving their sufferers of sleep, but sometimes, you may be losing sleep without even realizing it. Richmond Family dentist, Dr. Stefan Moiceanu, explains how sleep apnea can deny you of much-needed rest, and how you can determine if your troubles can be traced back to the sleep condition.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is typically marked by thunderous, almost exaggerated episodes of snoring. In fact, sleep apnea is often mistaken for extreme snoring, and ignored as a result. When you sleep, the tissues in your body relax and fall limp. Within your mouth and throat, these flaccid tissues can sag and compress, significantly restricting your airway. Snoring is the sound of these tissues vibrating violently as air tries desperately to squeeze past them. If you suffer from sleep apnea, then these tissues will often collapse enough to completely block your airway, forcing your breathing to cease. The loud snoring suddenly turns to silence as you stop breathing. Then, you gasp loudly as your body wakes up to restart the breathing process.  This cycle can recur hundreds of times a night, and while the jolt isn’t usually enough to completely wake you, it is enough to prevent your body from falling into REM sleep, which your mind and body need to rejuvenate.

How do You Know if You’re Losing Sleep?

Although the snoring associated with sleep apnea could likely wake an entire household, it does not typically wake the person snoring. If you live alone, then knowing you have sleep apnea, or that your snoring is outrageous, can be difficult. Ask Dr. Moiceanu about sleep apnea if you believe you are sleeping soundly through the night, but still experience symptoms of sleep deprivation (i.e., daytime fatigue, constant drowsiness, irritability, diminished concentration, etc.).

Treating Sleep Apnea at Your Richmond Dentist’s Office

To find out if you could be sleeping better, or to learn how to treat sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with Dr. Moiceanu at our Richmond, CA dentist office by calling 510-758-7222. Located in Richmond, we proudly serve families from Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

 

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