RESTFUL SLEEP – Simply & Without CPAP!
For those with Sleep Apnea or who are heavy snorers (often a precursor to Sleep Apnea), each day can include fatigue and grogginess. Yet, these symptoms are small pieces of the whole picture.
Research has linked Sleep Apnea to high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, weight gain, impotency and has even shown a possible correlation to Alzheimer’s Disease. Behind the wheel, Sleep Apnea sufferers are said to be more dangerous than drunk drivers.
Although CPAP devices are seen as the industry standard for addressing Sleep Apnea, it is estimated that only 22% of those with CPAP use them consistently. Common complaints include feeling claustrophobic, being uncomfortable, not being able to move in bed (like turning from side to side), noise, inconvenience and embarrassment.
In our office, we’ve successfully treated a number of individuals with Sleep Apnea or who snore heavily. Rather than CPAP or radical surgery, most can overcome mild to moderate Sleep Apnea with an FDA approved device that’s worn in the mouth at night. These are small and custom-designed to fit the contours of your mouth so they don’t interfere with sleep.
While you work with Dr. Barbat to resolve sleep problems, these tips may help you achieve the best quality of sleep possible:
- Sleep on your side. This helps to keep your airway open and reduces heartburn and acid reflux.
- Elevate the head of your bed about 6-8 inches. This can be done by placing several pillows between the box spring and mattress, positioned under the mattress at the head of the bed. Stacking more than 2 pillows to lay your head on can lead to neck issues and the potential to roll off of them.
- Use Breathe Right nasal strips. Be sure to purchase the right size for you (they come in small & large). They also have ones for sensitive skin. Watch the video at Breathe Right’s website for tips on correct usage. Generic brands and advanced versions are not recommended.
- Use nasal spray every night just before bedtime. Be sure to blow your nose first. Inhaling steam can loosen congestion so a hot shower before bed may help. Our patients give us the best feedback on Flonase (available over the counter).
- Keep your bedroom perfectly dark while sleeping. Use a mask over your eyes if needed. Dim lights for the hour or two leading up to sleep time and avoid using electronics with a screen within two hours of bedtime. This light can interfere with the body’s natural melatonin levels.
- Keep your bedroom cool. Studies show the ideal temperature for sleep is 65 degrees.
- Keep the air clean and at the right humidity. Consider using an air cleaner and change the filter on your furnace every month with a high filtration version. Use a humidifier in the winter to achieve a humidity level between 30 – 50%.
- Once you have your oral sleep appliance, use it EVERY NIGHT so your airway becomes accustomed to an open path from the back of your throat down into your lungs. Regular nightly use makes sure it stays open.
A long-time patient of Dr. Barbat’s, Nancy L., is among those who have resumed restful sleep. Nancy’s story is familiar to many Sleep Apnea sufferers. She shares, “Before getting the sleep appliance, I would come home after work, sit down for a few minutes before taking my coat off, and wake up a couple hours later still sitting up with my coat on. I would wake up groggy and out of sorts no matter how many hours of sleep I had and was no longer having dreams.”
After Nancy’s treatment, her words are very different. “I spent one night with the sleep appliance and I could not believe the difference. I started dreaming again. I have more energy and now have a positive outlook on life. I look forward to a future like I have not in a very long time.”
Dr. Barbat offers a free, no obligation Consultation appointment so you can have your questions answered thoroughly. Call 586-739-2155 to schedule a time. Your referrals are always welcome!
2015 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT IS…
The Ban R. Barbat, DDS-PC Scholarship has been awarded to Eisenhower High School senior Shannon R. Sicken.
Shannon will be seeking a Masters Degree in Nursing at Oakland University, following her lifelong desire for a medical career.
This scholarship is awarded by Dr. Barbat to aid students pursuing a health-related career. Shannon is the 14th recipient of this scholarship, which is awarded annually.
LASTING SMILES BEGIN WITH A CONSULTATION!
Straight teeth and a properly aligned bite are the foundation for healthy, attractive smiles!
To support this, Dr. Barbat offers orthodontic care through Dr. Jerry Wesley, an Orthodontic Specialist. With over 17 years of orthodontic excellence, Dr. Wesley’s impressive credentials are available at www.WhereLastingSmilesBegin.com.
Arrange a free consultation with Dr. Wesley for traditional braces as well as Invisalign or Invisalign Teen. You can also call 586-739-2155 to learn more.
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