When sleep disorders plague us, our physical and mental health takes a serious hit. It’s not only about being agitated or sleepy or fatigued. It’s about the development of health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and depression.
Although a temporary lack of sleep is not much to worry about, sleep disorders are more serious and more common than you might think.
For instance, sleep apnea happens when a person stops breathing more than a few times per hour and for 10 seconds at a time, give or take. Without someone being there to monitor the changes in breathing, there’s no way to know if someone actually has it.
So, how can you know?
First, let’s go over the factors that lead to sleep apnea, then the symptoms.
What factors cause sleep apnea?
- Neck size
- Nasal congestion
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
- Loud snoring
- Headache in the morning
- Gasping for air in the middle of sleep
- Stop breathing (generally not identified without someone else or a sleep study)
How is our health affected?
There are many things that happen to our bodies when we can’t sleep, both physically and mentally, which then create a vicious cycle where mental issues create physical issues and vice versa.
Other than just feeling bad after a bad night’s sleep, the following list should be motivation enough to receive diagnosis and treatment for your sleep disorder.
What are the risks of sleep apnea?
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
That’s no list to take lightly. Sleep is so important to our health that it’s not worth being casual about. So you might be wondering what you can do to sleep better or to treat your sleep disorder.
Luckily, there’s an answer.
How do you treat sleep apnea?
This is where the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute comes in. The first part of the process is scheduling an appointment. From there, you can do an in-office or an at-home sleep study. If you’ve never seen how a sleep study works, generally they’re uncomfortable. There’s a lot of wires and attachments that make you feel more like a scientific experiment. You can imagine how that might be hard to fall asleep with.
But at the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute our sleep studies are less obtrusive. Just watch the video below to see how easy the sleep study can be.
After a sleep study, if sleep apnea is diagnosed, several treatment options can be discussed. First, there’s a CPAP machine, which is worn every night and can be uncomfortable. Second, there’s the new Inspire treatment where a device regulates the opening of the airways while breathing.
To learn more about Inspire, watch the video below.
Now that you know there’s hope for your sleep issues, the only step is to schedule an appointment. Call us at 770-740-1860 or fill out the form at the top of the page. We treat everyone from pediatrics to seniors.