Always Tired? The Importance of Getting the Rest You Need to Maintain Good Health
Sufficient rest and sleep are primary ingredients for your overall health. You need air. You need water. You need
food. You need sleep. It is essential that your brain and body have the time to shut down and re-boot every single day.
Your body, particularly your heart, gathers stress throughout the day. In sleep, your brain and body revitalize
themselves. When you finally rest at night, your heart slows and begins to decompress, giving up the stresses it
has collected. Your blood pressure lowers, and the pace of age-related diseases reduces. At the same time your
body recoups enough energy to tackle another day. In this way, you can curb illnesses such as obesity, hypertension,
memory loss and diabetes.
Lack of sleep can burden your heart by placing excessive strain and stress on the muscle. Heart attacks, strokes,
cardiovascular disease and, in severe circumstances, even death have all been connected to sleep disorders.
Snoring Isn’t Just an Annoyance
Often times, snoring is an indicator of a more critical health concern known as sleep apnea. People with sleep
apnea experience an obstruction in their airway. The blockage prevents them from getting oxygen regularly throughout
the night. Unfortunately, they often don’t even realize it. Sleep apnea is a major contributor to heart disease.
Those suffering from sleep apnea experience elevated blood pressure, which is a key risk factor in experiencing
heart disease and strokes. The outcome of sleep deprivation may result in serious health concerns and even premature
death. Lack of sleep can have a negative impact on the function of your brain, increasing stress hormones and
leading to depression.
Even if you have only mild sleep apnea, being fitted with an oral appliance can result in little to no snoring.
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Our Alternative to CPAP
The conventional treatment for sleep apnea is the CPAP device, and it continues to be the gold standard for moderate
to severe sleep apnea. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Air Pressure. A patient is fitted with a machine that
pumps a constant stream of air into the patient’s nose or mouth via a mask while they sleep. However, many people
find this uncomfortable and they discontinue the treatment.
If you have sleep apnea and can’t tolerate or are frustrated with your CPAP, we can provide you with an alternative
treatment. We can custom fit you with an oral appliance such as the Respire Blue Series™ or TAP™ (Thornton Adjustable
Positioner). These are small acrylic devices that fit over your upper and lower teeth similar to the way an orthodontic
retainer or mouth guard does. They gently shift your tongue and jaw to reposition your airway and allow more air flow
to your lungs as you sleep. They are easy to insert and remove, a snap to clean, and are convenient for travel. These
devices are not only extremely comfortable, but they have an excellent success rate for sleep apnea and snoring.
Snoring and sleep apnea don’t have to fill your nights. Give us a call
today at (973) 543-4828 for a no-cost/no-obligation consultation.