Finding out that you have sleep apnea can be overwhelming. Many people don’t know that they have sleep apnea until a partner complains about their snoring or until they visit the doctor to discuss unexplained fatigue. Although sleep apnea may not always be detectable by the person who is suffering from it, it is a serious condition that can put you at risk of heart disease, stroke, weight gain, and fatigue-related accidents. Finding a treatment plan that works for you is crucial if you have been recently diagnosed. Here is a look at some of your options.
CPAP therapy is probably the most widely recognized treatment for sleep apnea. During CPAP treatment, you wear a mask while you sleep that pushes out pressurized air. The air helps to keep your airway open, so it doesn’t collapse as you sleep and cause apnea episodes. Although CPAP therapy usually involves a period of adjustment as you get used to sleeping with the mask on and find the right level of air pressure for you, it can be extremely effective in helping sleep apnea sufferers get restorative sleep.
Oral Appliance Therapy
With oral appliance therapy, you wear a device in your mouth, similar to a sports mouth guard, while you sleep. The device gently pushes your jaw forward, which helps to keep the airway open. Oral appliance therapy is a good fit for people who cannot tolerate CPAP treatment or who prefer not to always have to take a CPAP machine with them when they travel.
There is a strong link between sleep apnea and obesity, so losing weight can be helpful if you have been diagnosed. Try to avoid things that can interfere with your sleep, such as excessive alcohol consumption, so that your body is ready to fall asleep when you get into bed.
At Sleep Dynamics, we can diagnose sleep apnea through an overnight sleep study, and our sleep medicine providers can help you find a treatment that works for you. To schedule a consultation for sleep apnea treatment in New Jersey, call (848) 217-0240.
Pediatric sleep studies are used to diagnose sleep disorders in children, including narcolepsy, insomnia, and sleep apnea. Although the method of performing the study is similar to an adult overnight sleep study, children need special attention and care from sleep medicine specialists used to treating pediatric patients.
Pediatric sleep studies are also known as pediatric polysomnograms, or PSGs. During a sleep study, kids are monitored throughout the entire night by a technician who is always available to answer questions and provide care when necessary. As with adults, kids will be attached to a series of machines to measure eye movement, muscle activity, heart activity, and brain activity. Respiratory rates, body position, and snoring are also monitored, along with any other diagnostic services requested by the referring pediatrician.
Sleep Dynamics is pleased to offer pediatric sleep studies in Central New Jersey that are comfortable for kids and parents alike. If your child needs a sleep study, call us today at (848) 217-0240 for more information or to make an appointment.
If you have a sleep disorder, then you know how much the fatigue can interfere with your everyday life. One area you might be overlooking, however, is just how dangerous it can be to get behind the wheel when you’re tired.
This video examines the impact of lack of sleep on driving. Missing even two hours of sleep can significantly slow your reaction times and make you a risk behind the wheel. In some cases, drowsy driving can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.
Don’t let a sleep disorder put your health and safety on the line. At Sleep Dynamics, our sleep medicine specialists can pinpoint the cause of your sleep disorder and help you get the rest you need. For more information about sleep medicine in New Jersey, please call us at (848) 217-0240.
Cataplexy is a frustrating complication of narcolepsy. It affects about 60 to 70 percent of people who have the sleep disorder, and it can interfere dramatically with school, work, and daily life. If you or someone you love has cataplexy, you are likely to have many questions about the condition. Here are the answers to some of the questions people frequently have about cataplexy.
What is cataplexy?
Cataplexy is a condition that causes sudden loss of muscle strength or paralysis. When sufferers experience it, their knees may buckle, causing them to fall to the floor, or they may become unable to move. During a cataplectic attack, the person suffering from the condition will remain awake and aware but be unable to control his or her muscle tone or movement. These episodes are caused by the brain’s inability to manage sleep and wake cycles in people with narcolepsy. Often, people fall asleep after experiencing an episode of cataplexy.
Are there any triggers for cataplexy?
Most people have episodes after experiencing strong emotions. The emotions can be positive or negative, from excitement or laughter to disappointment and crying. The number of episodes that people with narcolepsy experience varies greatly. Most people eventually learn their own triggers and try to avoid them as much as possible.
What treatments are available for cataplexy?
There are several medications that can help people with cataplexy control their symptoms, including tricyclic antidepressants and serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Because these medications have side effects, it’s helpful to work with a sleep medicine specialist with experience in treating narcolepsy to find the right balance of symptom relief and side effect management. Treatment is usually only recommended with cataplexy episodes if they are frequent and disruptive.
Sleep Dynamics offers diagnosis and treatment of narcolepsy for people dealing with this complex disorder. If you have been diagnosed with narcolepsy in Central New Jersey or want to learn more about diagnostic testing and treatment options, please call us at (848) 217-0240.