Your Sleep Apnea Can Hurt Your Spouse, Too
Imagine laying down to sleep after a hard day at work. You came home, played with the kids, did a few chores, and now you are worn out. You just want to get some sleep so you can rest.
When you are about to drift off, you spouse turns a vacuum cleaner on and off just a few feet away from you. This happens over and over again throughout the night.
Most of us would never do anything that deliberate to disrupt someone else’s sleep. Yet that may be what you are doing to your partner if you have untreated sleep apnea, however.
Snoring is one of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea. Most snoring is between 60 and 80 decibels. Vacuum cleaners about 70 decibels when they are turned on.
If you want to sleep better — and help your loved ones sleep better, too — it’s time to treat your sleep apnea.
You can do that by visiting Hubbard & Leath Dental. Our dentist office is in Rochester Hills.
Get Help For Your Family’s Sake
Human beings need rest. Human beings need sleep.
And more specifically, human beings need quality sleep.
The American Sleep Apnea Association has written about the stages of sleep and why they are important. You probably aren’t getting to the deep stages of sleep if you have sleep apnea.
Your snoring could be interfering with your partner’s ability to get to those deep stages of sleep, too.
Throughout the night, people who get healthy sleep go through multiple sleep cycles with Non-REM (three stages) and REM sleep. REM is rapid eye movement, and this is the stage of sleep when we dream.
As we reach the deeper stages of sleep, our heart rate and our breathing slows down. If you (or your partner) never reach these stages, however, you may suffer from sleep deprivation.
This can leave you (or your partner) feeling irritable the next day, and it could explain your daytime sleepiness.
Get Help For Your Own Sake
We don’t want to sound overly dramatic, but sleep apnea could contribute to your death. We will give you two examples.
In 2005, researchers studied 1,500 Spanish men who had been diagnosed with sleep apnea. Each of them received a CPAP machine (more on this later) to treat their condition, according to a report by Harvard Medical School.
The researchers kept track of the men for 10 years. In that time, 14 percent of them had a heart attack, stroke, bypass procedure, or died as a result of cardiovascular disease.
The men who did not use their CPAP machines were three times more likely to suffer the health problems we mentioned. In other words, you are tripling your risk of cardiovascular problems or death if you do not treat your sleep apnea.
This is just one way that sleep apnea can kill you, however.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine reported that people with untreated sleep apnea are 2.5 times more likely to be the driver who causes an automobile accident.
The academy also reported that treating sleep apnea for a minimum of four hours per night reduced that risk of causing an accident by 70 percent.
How Our Dentists Can Help
The most common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is a CPAP machine.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea. CPAP is short for continuous positive airway pressure.
When you have obstructive sleep apnea (which means “without breath”), your airways become blocked when you fall asleep. Your snoring is a symptom of your body waking up briefly so you keep breathing.
A CPAP machine blows air through a mask into your airway. This helps you breathe without obstruction, and this allows you to stay asleep. That means you are more likely to get the healthy sleep you need.
Unfortunately, many people refuse to use the CPAP because they don’t like wearing the mask.
If you are one of those people, then Hubbard & Leath Dental can make a mouthpiece as an alternative form of treatment.
This mouthpiece changes the position of your jaw so that your airway stays open. This allows you to breathe easily without the hassle of wearing a mask.
We can’t promise that you will have sweet dreams, but having dreams is a sign that you are getting the healthy sleep that you need.
That also means you are less likely to snore, which means your partner can sleep better, too.