Many people who struggle with sleep apnea don’t know that they have the condition. Unlike other sleep disorders with more clear-cut signs, such as narcolepsy, many people who have sleep apnea don’t know it until a partner tells them. However, there are symptoms that you can identify if you pay close attention. Watch this video to learn more.
Many people with sleep apnea wake up with headaches. They also experience intense daytime drowsiness, despite believing that they are getting adequate rest. Getting up multiple times during the night can also be linked to sleep apnea.
At Sleep Dynamics, we specialize in sleep medicine and can provide diagnostics and treatments for sleep apnea, including CPAP treatment and dental sleep medicine. To learn more, please call (848) 217-0240.
A maintenance of wakefulness test is used to determine daytime wakefulness in order to diagnose a sleep disorder or test the effectiveness of a patient’s current sleep disorder treatment. Typically, a maintenance of wakefulness test, or MWT, is conducted in conjunction with a polysomnogram, or PSG, which is usually performed the night before.
A MWT usually lasts all day long and requires four different collections of data spaced at two-hour intervals. You will be asked to stay awake for the duration of the test. For the data collections, sensors will be placed on your head and chest to record functions like eye movements, brain wave activity, heart activity, and muscle contractions. Using this information, a sleep specialist can determine if you are having difficulty maintaining wakefulness and make decisions about your sleep disorder treatment plan.
Sleep Dynamics is pleased to offer a range of sleep diagnostics and treatment services, including maintenance of wakefulness tests. You can learn more about our services, including CPAP treatment and dental sleep medicine, by calling (848) 217-0240.
CPAP therapy can be life-saving for people with sleep apnea, but getting used to wearing the mask can take some time. If you find that you simply cannot tolerate CPAP treatment, alternatives are available, including oral appliance therapy. If you are attempting to adjust to wearing a CPAP, these tips will help.
Try Wearing the Mask During the Day
Most people cannot bring their CPAP machine home, put on the mask, and sleep through the night on the first attempt. Try to adjust to your mask by wearing it during the daytime, such as when you are watching TV or reading a book. When that becomes comfortable, move towards wearing it during naps and for as long as you can during the night, gradually building up until you can wear the mask while you sleep for an entire night. Keep in mind that the less you wear your mask, the harder it will be to get used to it, so commit to steadily increasing the amount of time you keep it on.
Slowly Increase the Air Pressure
For many people, the forced air of a CPAP machine is the main source of discomfort as they adjust to treatment. If this is your complaint, ask your sleep specialist if your machine has a ramping feature. With ramping, your machine starts with low air pressure and gradually increases to the amount of pressure prescribed by your doctor. Ramping gives you the opportunity to adjust so your treatment becomes more comfortable.
Keep a Positive Attitude
It’s natural to feel frustrated when you find out you have sleep apnea and that you have to make a major life adjustment by wearing a CPAP mask when you sleep. Requiring a period of adjustment is normal, too. Focus on the fact that your CPAP treatment will make you feel better and protect you from the dangerous complications of sleep apnea, and you’ll find that your positive attitude makes adjusting to therapy easier.
At Sleep Dynamics, we are here to help you adjust to your treatment for sleep apnea, whether you require CPAP treatment or oral appliance therapy. Call us today at (848) 217-0240 to schedule a consultation or sleep study.
Sleep apnea is more than snoring and fitful sleep. Over time, it can cause serious health complications, including life-threatening conditions. Getting treatment for sleep apnea, whether you choose oral appliance therapy or CPAP treatment, is an essential part of avoiding these complications. Here are some of the health problems people can experience with untreated sleep apnea.
When you have sleep apnea, the oxygen levels in your blood drop suddenly and dramatically. This puts a strain on your entire cardiovascular system. As a result, people with sleep apnea have a greater risk of a range of cardiovascular problems, including high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and abnormal heartbeat. Having sleep apnea alongside heart disease can even cause sudden death that results from an irregular heartbeat.
Obesity is a risk factor for developing sleep apnea, and having sleep apnea also increases the risk of obesity. Lack of sleep can disrupt the hormones that regulate your appetite, causing you to feel hungrier and misread cues that you’re full. Fatigue can also make you crave fatty, sugary comfort foods and interfere with your stamina to maintain a regular workout routine. The obesity associated with sleep apnea in turn also increases your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome.
Risk of Accidents
People with untreated sleep apnea are prone to car accidents and workplace accidents because of their fatigue. They may fall asleep while driving, or their fatigue may impair their concentration to such a degree that make mistakes that lead to injuries.
If you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, such as daytime drowsiness, or if you have been diagnosed and need to find the right treatment, contact Sleep Dynamics. We provide options, including CPAP treatment and oral appliance therapy, to help sleep apnea sufferers get the rest they need and avoid complications. Call (848) 217-0240 to make an appointment and to learn more CPAPs, dental sleep medicine, and much more.