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Sleep Apnea Doesn’t Just Disturb Sleep

If you have sleep apnea, you’re probably well aware of the dangers this serious condition can pose while you sleep. In addition to stopping and starting breathing, your blood oxygen levels can plummet, causing many other serious problems.

But did you know that sleep apnea can have issues that carry forward in your waking hours, too? Here are just a few ways sleep apnea could be disturbing your daily life, and what you can do about it.

Depression

Whether you already had a diagnosis of clinical depression or you are just now experiencing its symptoms (lack of motivation, changes in appetite, feelings of hopelessness, lethargy), it could be caused by sleep apnea. Many people don’t connect depression with sleep apnea, but the conditions often go hand in hand, causing major disruptions to sufferers’ daily lives.

Exhaustion

Exhaustion isn’t just being tired. It can affect your motivation to do regular tasks and make you a danger to others. Imagine driving tired – it could easily cause an accident. The same applies for operating heavy machinery. Sleep deprivation is a serious concern and should be treated as such.

Disturbances to Your Partner

Sleep apnea doesn’t just affect the patient – it can affect the patient’s partner, too. That’s because the sound of snoring – not to mention the concern for a loved one who is not breathing properly – can make sleeping extremely difficult, even for those who don’t have sleep apnea themselves.

The Solution

The good news about sleep apnea is that there are treatment solutions that are very effective when used properly. Sleep machines such as CPAP can be very effective, though many people either don’t use them correctly or don’t use them at all because they are complicated, cumbersome and uncomfortable. Furthermore, they are difficult to clean and can cause illness if not cleaned properly.

A better solution is an approved sleep orthotic, which Dr. Peterson can customize for you right in his office. It’s a fast, painless process and yields a customized orthotic you wear each night. The purpose is to help keep your airway propped open, allowing you to breathe easier while you sleep. This can eliminate problems both while you sleep and hopefully while you’re awake, too.

To learn more about sleep orthotics, please contact Dr. Peterson’s office at 435-565-6503.

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