If you’re tired when you wake up, feeling drowsy throughout the day, and having trouble with your memory, are you just trying to deal with it the best you can? You may try to combat your tiredness with extra-large cups of coffee or energy drinks – yet don’t experience much improvement to your alertness or energy levels. You may have accepted this as normal for you. But these symptoms may be caused by the common condition of obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea, also known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), results from an OSA sufferer’s own anatomy. Sleep apnea can cause disrupted sleep night after night. According to this article published by the New York Times, at least 22 million Americans struggle with sleep apnea. Leaving this condition untreated can have seriously negative effects on your health and well-being. Let’s take a look at three ways your untreated sleep apnea may be hurting you.
Dr. Atul Malhotra, the director of Sleep Medicine at the University of California San Diego, says that with sleep apnea “you get sleepiness, lack of energy and an inability to concentrate.” These detrimental effects of sleep apnea can have consequences at work, school, and in every aspect of your life. Treating sleep apnea in Miami can help you reclaim your energy levels and get restful sleep.
Sleep apnea causes your oxygen levels to decrease during the night. Instead of resting and restoring itself during sleep, your body becomes stressed because of OSA and your vital organs receive less oxygen than they need. These decreased oxygen levels can affect your brain, your heart, and every other major organ in your body. Keeping your airway open throughout the night lets your oxygen levels remain stable and helps prevent the unwanted effects of sleep apnea.
At Yazji Orthodontics, we help our patients with sleep apnea get the rest they need using personalized OAT treatment. Oral Appliance Therapy for obstructive sleep apnea from the offices of Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics is an alternative to CPAP machine treatment and low-quality over-the-counter appliances for sleep apnea. Contact our Weston, Brickell or Miami office today to schedule an OAT treatment consultation with Dr. Yazji. Don’t let obstructive sleep apnea harm your health – get OAT treatment from Yazji Orthodontics.
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