Sleep Apnea Refresher Course

sleephappySome patients may have come to understand the many negative side effects of sleep apnea but still feel unsure of exactly how to define this problem. First, we encourage all patients to become familiar with the basics of this sleep disorder. By understanding the underlying cause and effect, the details surrounding the symptoms and the appropriate treatment will become much clearer. For those of you looking for a quick refresher course, look over the following information:

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Some of the Stranger Symptoms of Sleep Apnea Explained

womanholdingthroatYou have likely heard that sufferers of sleep apnea tend to become labeled as loud snorers. You may also know that patients who experience this sleep disorder wake up several times a night, gasping for air. However, have you ever wondered about the not-so-obvious symptoms of sleep apnea and why they occur? We encourage you to look over the following associated concerns that may happen to you if you are dealing with this problem – fortunately, by seeking treatment, you can say goodbye to the side effects and hello to a good night’s rest.

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Social Side Effects of Sleep Apnea

bedangryYou may recognize the physical significance of losing sleep as a result of sleep apnea. This is the condition that occurs when your throat muscles collapse during sleep, cutting off your airways. You will wake with a start, gasp for air, and fall asleep again – this event is often over so quickly that patients do not remember it when they wake in the morning. But have you considered the social side effects? In addition to providing you with a better night of rest, sleep apnea treatment may improve your social life, too.

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Daytime Sleepiness and Automobile Accidents

Car AccidentOne of the most common activities most of us do every day is to drive. If you have a job, you most likely drive. If you go to school, and you’re older than 16, you probably drive. Unless you live in a big city where public transportation is the norm, you may be driving hours every day. Some people commute a long distance across sweeping, windy roads. Others stay stuck in traffic for both their morning and evening commutes, honking their horn in frustration as they watch the minutes tick away. One thing is for sure: you shouldn’t drive under the influence of sleep deprivation. Livonia sleep apnea dentist, Dr. James Stewart, will tell you more about the dangers of having sleep apnea and driving.

Driving Into Dreams

Falling asleep while driving has been used as fodder in humorous movies. Remember Chevy Chase snoozing away behind the wheel in “National Lampoon’s Vacation?” Clark Griswold remains in blissful slumber as the “family truckster” careens through the air and into the desert. In reality, sleeping and driving can be a very serious situation that puts you and the people around you in danger. Unfortunately, we are an often overworked and under- (more…)

Interesting Sleep Facts

slpEveryone needs sleep. Sometimes getting sleep can be an issue. Sometimes falling to sleep can be an issue. But either way there has been a lot of research done on sleeping and dreaming, sleep schedules, the amount of sleep people of all ages require, etc., etc. In today’s sleep blog, your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James Stewart, shares some interesting sleep facts.

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Catnap: Why Cats Sleep So Much

sleepycatDo you ever wish you were a cat? Then you would be able to lie around most of the day sleeping. They seem to know how to relax. They don’t have to fight rush-hour traffic, work all day, come home and make their own meals; all they do is sleep, sleep, sleep. In today’s sleep blog, your Livonia, MI dentist, Dr. James Stewart, explains why cats sleep so much.

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