While some people feel more refreshed upon waking than others, a good night’s rest should help you sustain your energy levels throughout the day. You can start to grow concerned if this is no longer the case. People who suffer from sleep apnea can feel fatigued, irritable, unfocused, and generally lethargic even when they believe they have had a full night’s rest. This is because sleep apnea’s impact on their breathing at night can disrupt their rest cycle by breaking their sleep on frequent occasions. Until this problem is treated, you can consistently fail to gain the health benefits of a full night of sleep! Our Livonia/Detroit, MI clinic can help you deal with sleep apnea through oral appliance therapy, which relies on a custom appliance to ensure your airways stay open.
Do You Frequently Have To Combat Feelings Of Fatigue?
Feelings of fatigue can be difficult to avoid at the end of a particularly long day, or at the start of an early morning. However, when fatigue seems to be the norm, even when you should have enjoyed a good night’s rest, it can grow concerning. Your lack of restful sleep can make it difficult for you to stay alert, it can make you less focused when you drive, it can damped your mood, and it can even leave you vulnerable to dozing off during the day! Instead of trusting caffeine to help you power through another weary day, you may want to look into the possibility that sleep apnea has robbed you of proper rest.
How Sleep Apnea Affects Your Mood And Energy Levels
If you are affected by sleep apnea, it can rob you of proper rest by forcing you out of your rest cycle at frequent intervals. What obstructive sleep apnea does is leave you breathing passages blocked by soft tissues in your throat, robbing you of air until your body wakes up to deal with the interference. Even if you are not awake enough to remember your sleep being interrupted, this can still disrupt your rest cycles, which means your sleep will offer fewer health benefits. In addition to affecting your focus and energy levels, the interruptions and loss of air connected to sleep apnea can cause problems with your blood pressure!
Starting Oral Appliance Therapy To Address Sleep Apnea
While we can recommend the use of a CPAP machine when appropriate, many people who struggle with sleep apnea can benefit from oral appliance therapy. When you wear this appliance, you can keep your jaw held in position so that your breathing does not become restricted. With this one change, you can once again rest through the night and feel more refreshed during the day!
Dr. Stewart Is Ready To Help Patients In The Livonia/Detroit, MI Area Combat Sleep Apnea
At our dentist’s office in the Livonia/Detroit, MI area, patients who struggle with sleep apnea can meet with us to learn how oral appliance therapy can improve their rest and quality of life! To find out more, please contact your Livonia, MI, dentist, Dr. Stewart, by calling (734) 425-4400.