Like diet and exercise, sleep is integral to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Unfortunately, getting quality sleep at night can be difficult or near impossible for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This sleep disorder causes stoppages in breathing when sleeping, denying your body adequate oxygen and sleep. Continued deprivation of these vital elements puts you at elevated risk of several diseases, including hypertension, stroke and heart disease.
Since sleep apnea can cause severe health consequences, learning what the best sleep position is and how to get better sleep can help reclaim your life. Not sure where to start? Dr. Tom Alexander, a sleep apnea specialist at Sterling Plaza Dentistry / Tom Alexander, DDS in Irvine, California, shares tips to improve your sleep hygiene.
OSA occurs when the soft tissues at the throat and tongue relax when sleeping, blocking the airway partially or wholly. While this pause in breathing occurs for a few seconds or longer, these episodes can recur up to a hundred times a night! Every time your brain senses oxygen deprivation, it arouses your body to restore normal breathing — that’s why you wake up choking or gasping for air. Although you may not be aware of your awakenings, they prevent you from getting restful sleep, starting a destructive process in your body.
Having trouble sleeping because of OSA? Follow the tips below.
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