How Well Do You Sleep?

How well do you sleep

A lot of people will say that they sleep pretty well at night.  But by two o’clock in the afternoon, their heads are drooping on their desks, and they are so tired so they cannot function.  Why?  It’s because they may have a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).  If you have never heard of this condition, it’s time to get informed.  There are fully 25% of the population that have this condition and are not diagnosed or treated for it.  But it can be dangerous.  There are health risks associated with the condition that most people don’t realize.

If you have a chronic snorer in the household, it’s best to have them examined and diagnosed for OSA or other health problems that cause their snoring.  Of course, the testing can be rather inconvenient, but it is a much better option than risking your long-term health.

There are people that are unable to dream because they don’t stay asleep long enough for their brains to fire those neurons.  Instead, their brain is monitoring their breathing for the periods of time that breathing stops due to airway obstruction.  When a person falls asleep, the muscles in the throat relax, allowing the airway to become restricted or to collapse, blocking the flow of air to the lungs.  This can lead to other health problems, such as heart disease and stroke.

Sometimes, the treatment for OSA is as simple as getting an oral device that moves the bottom jaw forward, keeping your airways open.  Other times, you may need something more aggressive like the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine.  But no matter which treatment your doctor recommends, regular checkups are necessary to be sure your treatment is working for you.

Share your opinions on this article here and let us know how well you sleep at night.  It might be time for you to consult your doctor as well.