Are You Sleeping Badly?
These days, many men and women suffer from daytime fatigue, because they just don’t sleep well at night.
While those who sleep badly may assume that certain factors, such as stress or too much caffeine, are triggering their lack of deep and healing rest, the truth is that many people have undiagnosed sleep disorders which make it impossible for them to access the soothing sleep that they really need.
In fact, one sleep disorder, obstructive sleep apnea, is a key reason why people wake up feeling tired, out of sorts, and less than enthusiastic about tackling the demands of their busy lifestyles.
In order to help you learn about this sleep disorder, we’ve created a helpful quick guide.
Do You Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
If you suspect that you may have a sleep disorder, it’s time to find out for sure. Typical symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:
- daytime fatigue
- morning headaches
- mood swings
- loss of cognitive acuity
Typically, those with this sleep disorder will snore loudly at night, in intermittent bursts. Because obstructive sleep apnea causes stop-starts in breathing which may happen hundreds of times during sleep, they don’t enjoy proper oxygen flow.
Without proper oxygen flow during sleep, the body breaks down. In fact, untreated obstructive sleep apnea may lead to long-term health problems, including stroke, diabetes and heart attacks. In order to reduce the risk, you will need to access the most effective treatment plan for this form of sleep disorder.
Doctors recommend continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, therapy, in order to help patients access deeper sleep, while also decreasing their risk of long-term health problems.
How Does CPAP Therapy Work?
This type of treatment is designed to offer a host of benefits.
Drug-free and surgery-free, this type of therapy requires certain forms of equipment. For example, patients who wish to try out CPAP therapy should invest in CPAP machines, CPAP accessories and CPAP masks.
By accessing a machine, mask and accessories (such as soft tubing), you”ll be able to enjoy the highest standard of treatment.
Before embarking on continuous positive airway pressure therapy, visit your family doctor. When you do, you’ll be able to access a formal diagnosis. If you do have obstructive sleep apnea, some of the cost of your new CPAP equipment may be covered under your medical insurance.
Doctors confirm or exclude the presence of this sleep disorder by performing special tests, which are known as sleep studies. During this test, you’ll doze away, while machines record your sleep activity as it relates to your health.
By telling your doctor that you’re not feeling well, you’ll be one step closer to getting the help that you need. Since CPAP therapy is so effective, there’s really no reason to hold back. So, why not talk to your doctor today?
Now that you know one underlying cause of poor sleep, you’ll be ready to decide if it’s time to see a doctor or to test out CPAP therapy (or both). Getting used to CPAP treatment will take only a few days, and it may just change your life…so, why not try it today?
Edited by Bill Bistak B Sc.,SEO/SEM Spc, CRT
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