Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is when you stop breathing for ten or more seconds while sleeping. Breathing stops when your airway becomes obstructed, usually from the relaxed position of your jaw or tongue.
When your brain senses your airway is obstructed, it wakes you up just enough to make you breathe again. As soon as you drift back to sleep, the jaw and tongue relax and the cycle repeats. The result is never getting into a completely deep and restorative sleep – ever.
As a woman who rarely got a good night’s sleep since my teenage years, I know exactly how it feels to power through a full day of school or work, feeling like all you want to do is take a nap.
I understand the challenge of deciding whether or not to take medicine to stave off another tension headache.
I know the helpless feeling of always wondering, “What’s wrong with me?”, “Am I just a lazy person?”
But thanks to new studies and the ever-advancing field of airway health dentistry, I now know that all of the problems above (and more) often stem from sleep-disordered breathing.
Poor quality sleep at night can leave you feeling exhausted all day.
Lack of sleep along with improper jaw position can lead to muscle tension and strain contributing to headaches.
Do you have to get up frequently to use the washroom? Or consider yourself a light sleeper? This is actually a symptom of sleep apnea!
Although snoring doesn't always mean sleep apnea, it can indicate an abnormality with anatomy and leads to decreased sleep quality.
It’s not only adults who suffer from sleep-related breathing disorders. Children can show different symptoms than adults, so read more here about signs to look for in your child.
No matter the cause of your apnea, numerous studies show how a lack of deep sleep night after night can lead to serious health problems. Read about overall health and sleep apnea in adults here.