Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that requires professional help. After Dr. Simmons has provided treatment, combine it with these lifestyle changes to eliminate sleep apnea symptoms.
Whether you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, suffer from symptoms of sleep apnea, or just can’t get the same quality of sleep you used to receive, at the Encino Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders, we have created this page of small dietary improvements that can significantly impact how you sleep.
Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that affects the heart and how a person breaths during sleep. Symptoms of sleep apnea can range from loud snoring to excessive daytime sleepiness. There are a couple of types of treatment available to our patients, but recent studies have found that daily exercise can lower the severity of sleep apnea symptoms by about 25%.
According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, approximately one in five Americans report having sleep-related problems. One of the most common sleep disorders is sleep apnea, which is a serious medical issue that increases your chances of suffering from a dangerous stroke, heart attack, or other medical problems.
Loud snoring is usually what people associate sleep apnea with, but not all snorers have it. Partners have noted that the other partner sounds like they are choking or gasping breathlessly in their sleep.
A lot of people snore, and it’s common for snorers to report that it bothers the people close to them. This is particularly true for spouses and sleep partners who share a bed with someone who snores loudly on a regular basis.
Sleep apnea – defined as frequently interrupted breathing while you sleep – is just one of the major sleep problems you can have, along with others like insomnia, circadian rhythm problems, movement disorders during sleep and others. But apnea is one of the most common complaints, and one of the most serious.
Sleep apnea is fascinating because there are so many comorbidities associated with it. If that’s a new word to you, no worries: A “comorbidity” is a medical term; it means the presence of a second (or third or fourth) chronic disease or condition in a patient who already has one chronic condition. Sadly, a number of chronic conditions tend to cluster together. They seem to run in packs.
So many people I helped didn't know why they were feeling so poorly. Sometimes they knew they weren't sleeping well, but they didn't know why; others couldn't figure out what their problem was at all. I began to look into it, and because I was in a teaching institution at the time, I was around a lot of pioneers in the field, people who made big differences in people’s lives in the areas of facial pain and dysfunction. And two things became very clear: Sleep disorders in general, and sleep apnea in particular, was a major problem for many of my patients. And even more important, I came to realize, oral appliances are very effective in treating sleep apnea.
I truly believe that the properly made and maintained mouthpiece (called an oral appliance) can help most patients, at almost any age, with apnea, snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, and more than occasionally for insomnia. But how can you tell if you are a candidate for this particular treatment?