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Sleep Issues Are Hard to Detect

There are tons of people out there who struggle with sleep issues, but do not realize it. It is said that as many as 22 million people in the United States alone have sleep apnea. However, 90% of that 22 million is totally unaware that they have any type of a problem. Do you have issues sleeping that leave you feeling tired each day? Have you ever been told that you stop breathing in your sleep or that you snore? If you have, then you may be one of that 90%. Sleep issues are nothing to scoff at. If you struggle with feeling rested in the morning, you may need to go in and get diagnosed.

What Are the Most Common Sleep Issues People Face?

There are two common sleep issues that many people face. The first is snoring. Many people think that snoring is more a nuisance than anything else. This is not the case. Snoring is actually your body’s way of trying to tell you that there is a problem. The noise may be humorous or bothersome, depending on who you ask. However, it is actually your body trying to send you a signal that it needs help. Take note and listen. If someone tells you that you snore, you need to go in and get tested. Proper diagnosis can help you avoid the health problems that come along with this particular sleep problem.

The second of the most common sleep issues is sleep apnea. This is not the same as snoring. In this case, you do not make noise in your sleep. You actually stop breathing while sleeping. This means that your body goes without the necessary oxygen to function properly. Your body struggles to remain healthy, and you wind up struggling with more health issues than those who do not have these types of sleep issues.

Many people struggle with both snoring and sleep apnea at the same time. This combination causes people to have increased health issues. You not only get the effect of one of the sleep issues, but instead, you get the effects of both.

What Can Happen if Sleep Issues Go Undiagnosed and Untreated?

If you struggle to get good sleep, it can lead to a wide range of problems with your life and your body. During the day, you will struggle with exhaustion. This can lead to issues concentrating and focusing on the task at hand. If you cannot focus, it can lead to trouble doing regular, mundane activities like working and driving. You could also end up falling asleep behind the wheel and crashing. This can cause accidents where you, and maybe others, get hurt unnecessarily.

Your body does most of its repair work at night. If you are not getting good sleep, your body is not able to repair itself. When you stop breathing, it causes your heart rate and your blood pressure to rise. This can leave you struggling with both heart trouble, and high blood pressure. Plus, if you are not breathing properly, it can leave your body holding on to more carbon dioxide. With each breath you take, you oxygenate your blood, which oxygenates your body. When you are not taking enough breaths, it causes the carbon dioxide that your lungs normally expel when oxygen comes in, to sit in your blood stream longer.

People who do not get their sleep issues diagnosed and treated, are much more likely to have negative health effects than those who do not struggle with sleep. People who do not get their sleep issues diagnosed are as much as three times as likely to perish from their issues. They are also four times as likely to die from cancer, and five times as likely to die from heart disease. Those who struggle with sleep issues are also more likely to face high cholesterol and blood pressure, arrhythmias, and type two diabetes.

How Do You Get Sleep Issues Diagnosed?

The easiest way to get problems with sleep diagnosed is to go to a health care professional who has experience in sleep disorders. They can help get you into a sleep study. In the sleep study, they will measure your vitals while you sleep. They track your heartbeat, your heart rhythm, your blood pressure, your breathing, and your brain waves. This tells the doctors if your heart or blood pressure spiked, showing signs of things like apnea. Plus, they can tell if you stopped breathing. If you did, the devices will also measure how long you stopped breathing for.

They will also track your brain, so they can see if you ever went into REM sleep, which is the deep sleep where you dream. The results are analyzed, and a diagnosis follows your sleep study. From there, it is time to figure out a treatment that will help you get better sleep.

Treating Sleep Issues

There are a few different ways to treat sleep issues, such as snoring and sleep apnea. The first includes trying to sleep in different positions. This can sometimes help with the problems, but it is only situational. If you go back to sleeping in your old position, you are likely to have the same sleep issues that you did before. You can also try and lose weight, if this is part of why you struggled to sleep in the first place. If you lose weight and can keep it off, this can sometimes be a great way of reducing sleep issues. However, it is not always a problem caused by weight. One of the better sleep problem solutions is getting a customized mouth guard. It helps position your jaw in a more forward position. This keeps your airways open wider, and help you breathe better at night.

If you want help with anything from the diagnosis to the treatment of any of these common sleep problems, call our office. You can reach us here at the office of Mark Levy, DDS, by calling (614)777-7350. Let us know what sleep issues you face, or think you may have, and we will let you know what the next step is from there.