December 30, 2018
Do you dread the morning commute to work? You are likely not alone. A recent study by online retailer Auto Accessories Garage that analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau found that Chicago workers officially have the longest commute in the country! It’s easy to feel sleepy or even fall asleep behind the wheel when stuck in traffic for so long – especially if you suffer from sleep apnea. Stay safe on your daily commute and enjoy a good night’s rest by getting treatment for sleep apnea in Chicago.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common disorder that disrupts normal sleep cycles by causing an individual to stop breathing for ten or more seconds at a time during the night. It can be caused by blockage in the throat by throat tissues or the tongue, by the brain failing to signal the body to inhale and exhale or a combination of both causes. If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause a range of both short and long-term health problems, including severe fatigue that can leave you falling asleep behind the wheel on the long daily commute to and from work.
Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
If your partner complains that you are snoring loudly at night, that may be the first indication that you are developing or already suffering from sleep apnea. Other common symptoms of the disorder include:
- Feeling exhausted or very sleepy during the day
- Lack of concentration at work
- Waking up at night out of breath
- Waking up with headaches, sore throat, or dry mouth
- Mood swings
- Sexual dysfunction
How to Treat Sleep Apnea
The most common recommended treatment for persons suffering from sleep apnea is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, which works by forcing air into the throat throughout the night using an air pump. However, some patients find it uncomfortable to wear the full face mask required or difficult to fall asleep because of the noise generated by the machine.
Fortunately, oral appliance therapy offers an effective alternative to CPAP machine treatment. Durable, custom-made oral appliances make small changes in jaw positioning while a patient sleeps in order to prevent tissue in the mouth and throat from obstructing the airway and causing sleep apnea. The small appliances are easy to use and can dramatically increase sleep quality when worn consistently at night. Moreover, because of their small size and simple construction, it is easier to travel with oral appliances than a CPAP machine.
Don’t let sleep apnea interrupt your nightly rest and affect your daily quality of life. Talk to a dentist today about CPAP alternative in Chicago to wake up feeling rested and renewed each morning.
About the Author
With 30 years of experience, Dr. David B. Schwartz is one of the nation’s foremost experts on dental sleep and how to treat patients with sleep apnea. In fact, he is one of only 250 dentists nationwide to be awarded the designation of Diplomate of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Patients with questions about sleep apnea treatment can visit the Sleep Better Chicagoland website or call Dr. Schwartz at (847) 677-2808.
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