For some, getting a good night’s sleep isn’t easy. And that solid night’s sleep is important to not only our mood the next day, but our overall health is based on how much sleep we get. Some sleeping disorders can lead to increased rates of infection, cardiovascular problems, and hypertension. So, if you have sleeping issues, it is important to get it checked out. Because if you are diagnosed with a sleeping disorder, there is help getting you back to sleep.
Sleep apnea is a disorder where sleep is interrupted by irregular breathing while in your various sleep stages. It can take the form of breathing pause (apnea) or very shallow breathing (hypopnea). Both can last from several seconds to minutes and can occur as much as 30 times per hour. When breathing is paused, carbon dioxide builds up in the blood stream, and the brain signals the body to wake up and breath, causing the interruption in sleep. This is what will need to be regulated.
The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OPA), which is caused by a physical obstruction of the airway while sleeping. When you snore, obstructive sleep apnea causes the muscles around the airway to relax and narrow, causing the air moving through the airway to make noise.
A way to diagnose obstructive sleep apnea is an overnight sleep study, where doctors will record your airflow, heart rate, oxygen and brain activity to determine whether breathing is impacting your sleep. If a sleeping issue is diagnosed, treatment options are available. Various techniques can help with airflow, like lifestyle changes, medical devices, or surgery.
Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jim Tehrani, DDS by calling (310)406-0745 or visit www.beachcitiesdentistry.com to find out more information regarding sleep apnea.
Dr. Tehrani gladly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach and all surrounding areas.