Sleep is an essential restorative process. As you sleep, your body rests and repairs itself, allowing you to function during the daytime. While everyone suffers from the occasional bad night of sleep, thousands of people wake up feeling exhausted every single day. They have trouble focusing and find it difficult to stay awake during the day. If this sounds familiar, you may be living with a condition known as sleep apnea and Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery can help.
What is Sleep Apnea?
As you sleep, your body goes through two different cycles. These cycles repeat several times during the course of the night. They are essential for allowing your body to rest and repair itself physically, mentally, and emotionally. When you have sleep apnea, however, your sleep cycles are disrupted. Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing is disrupted. You stop breathing for several seconds several times during the course of the night. Each time you stop breathing, you wake up.
In most cases, you are completely unaware that this is happening. Your brain wakes up just enough to get your breathing started again. Each time you fall asleep again, your sleep cycles start all over again. When you have sleep apnea, your breathing may stop anywhere from 5 to more than 30 times per sleeping hour. Because of this, your body is not able to complete the necessary sleep cycles to give your body the rest and repair it needs.
There are two types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is the most common type. This type of sleep apnea occurs when your airway becomes blocked. Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain fails to communicate properly with the muscles that control breathing.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
When you have sleep apnea, you wake up every morning feeling completely exhausted. It may feel like you never went to sleep in the first place. While this is one of the most common symptoms, it is not the only one. Other symptoms include:
The longer sleep apnea goes untreated, the worse your symptoms become. You may even develop serious medical issues. These issues include:
Non-Surgical Treatments for Sleep Apnea
There are several non-surgical treatments available for sleep apnea, including:
Surgical Treatments for Sleep Apnea
In cases of more severe sleep apnea, you may be recommended surgery. Depending upon your specific situation, there are a few different types of surgery that may be suggested.
With the right treatment for sleep apnea, you can finally get the restful sleep you need to wake up feeling refreshed and able to tackle the day ahead. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Treasure Valley Oral & Facial Surgery today at (208) 994-6227.