Life Before Sleep Apnea Treatment
- Feeling physically drained: Sleep apnea doesn’t allow you to get the restful sleep your body needs to function properly. The most immediate and noticeable effect is feeling extreme fatigue during the day.
- Feeling mentally drained: As if your extreme tiredness wasn’t enough, you also feel mentally drained. Your brain isn’t able to rid itself of toxic chemicals or repair cells when you have sleep apnea. Your memory suffers, your mood suffers, and so does your focus when you’re mentally drained.
- Loss of enjoyment: Feeling tired all the time makes things you’d normally enjoy feel like a chore. Spending time with your family and friends starts to feel like an inconvenience, and your relationships could suffer because of it.
- Roadway dangers: The frontal lobe of your brain is responsible for decision-making, which you may need to do quickly when you’re driving. Sleep apnea makes this almost impossible. Your reflexes are impaired, and your brain is slowed, making you a danger on the road. Not to mention that your extreme fatigue could put you to sleep at any moment.
- Job loss: No one wants to think about the possibility of losing their job, but it isn’t uncommon for those who are suffering from sleep apnea. Your performance at work suffers because your brain and body aren’t getting adequate sleep.
Life After Sleep Apnea Treatment
- Wake up rested: If you use your sleep apnea treatment every time you sleep, you’ll wake up rested each morning. Just as the impact of not getting enough sleep takes a toll on the very first night, finally getting enough sleep makes a noticeable difference after your first night of treatment.
- Feel physically energized: Has it been hard to get to the gym, spend time outside, or participate in sports with fragmented sleep? After treatment, you’ll feel energized to do these things again after just a few nights.
- Feel mentally energized: You can say goodbye to the mental fog, mood disruptions, and impaired concentration when you finally seek sleep apnea treatment.
- Career improvement: When you can finally think clearly and aren’t falling asleep at your desk, your job performance will start to improve.
- Enjoy time with family and friends: Your relationship with family and friends will improve because you can spend time with them again without feeling like it’s a chore.
- Wake up without headaches: Sleep deprivation leads to headaches; with treatment, these headaches will disappear, and you can start your day on the right note.
- No more snoring!
- Avoid health consequences: Untreated sleep apnea wreaks havoc on your body. You’ll avoid this when you use your sleep apnea treatment every night.
Effects of Sleep Apnea Treatment on Your Health
There are many dangers of untreated sleep apnea. So when you treat it, you’ll notice that your health improves. Because of your sleep apnea treatment, your cardiovascular health will improve, those with type 2 diabetes will have lower insulin resistance, the damage to your brain will subside, your memory will improve, and you’ll lose weight. There are no downsides to getting sleep apnea treatment.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you have a few treatment options available to you.
CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure machine. It’s the first type of sleep apnea treatment that people usually think of. It’s 100% effective when it’s used every time you sleep. However, the problem is that many people find CPAP to be cumbersome and uncomfortable to sleep with. There are different types of masks you can try that might help you tolerate your CPAP. Or you can look to Oral Appliance Therapy.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. It requires no power or distilled water to operate and can be used anywhere, including on airplanes, trains, and camping. It’s a sleek custom orthotic that looks similar to a mouthguard, but instead of protecting your teeth, it repositions your jaw forward, so your tongue doesn’t collapse into your airway.
Sleep Apnea Surgery
There are many types of sleep apnea surgery, but it is only used as a last resort. The results are usually substandard, and your sleep apnea may return.
Supplemental Home Treatment Remedies
It’s important to remember that you can not treat your sleep apnea at home without the help of a sleep apnea treatment device. But there are some supplemental things you can do in conjunction with your treatment to aid it.
- Lose weight
- Reduce alcohol consumption before bed
- Don’t eat a big meal before bed
- Sleep on your side
- Use medication to treat colds and allergies quickly
- Quit using any type of tobacco
- Don’t use sleeping pills or other sleep-aiding medications
Talk to Dr. Prabu Raman about the best sleep apnea treatment for you.
How to get Sleep Apnea Treatment
Are you wondering how to get sleep apnea treatment? Call (816) 436-4422 or make an appointment online today with Dr. Prabu Raman. He can help you get the treatment that’ll best fit your lifestyle.