Sleep is essential for good health, well-being, and happiness. Daytime exhaustion can have a negative impact on you, your relationships, and your career, as well as lead to a variety of illnesses.
What is Sleep Apnoea
Sleep apnoea is a condition in which the walls of your throat close in on themselves while you sleep, partially or completely blocking your airway. This pattern can repeat hundreds of times per night, causing fragmented sleep, and the sufferer is often unaware of it. When an obstruction occurs more than 5 times per hour, it is diagnosed as an obstruction.
According to studies, 1 in 4 men over the age of 30 has some degree of sleep apnoea making it more prevalent than asthma.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea:
How is Sleep Apnoea treated?
Our dentist at Moorooka Dental Care can screen patients for sleep disorders and can work with a physician to diagnose sleep apnoea. We can then discuss the best treatment options with you. Here are some of the options:
Health and Sleep Hygiene – We all know that getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for our health and wellbeing, but what many people don’t know is that sleep hygiene is just as important as sleep quantity. Sleep hygiene is the practice of adopting healthy habits that promote good sleep.
Here are some tips for improving your sleep hygiene:
- Establish a regular sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed. Caffeine can keep you awake, and alcohol can disrupt your sleep.
- Avoid working or using electronic devices in bed. The blue light from screens can keep you awake.
- Reserve the bed for sleep and sex. Don’t watch TV, work on the computer, or read in bed.
- Get regular exercise. Exercise can help you sleep better.
- Avoid smoking. Smoking can disrupt your sleep.
- Keep your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet. The ideal sleeping environment is dark and cool with minimal noise.
- Practice relaxation techniques before bed. Relaxation techniques such as yoga or meditation can help you fall asleep.
Following these tips can help you get the quality sleep you need to stay healthy and happy.
If you think you may have sleep apnoea, it‘s important to make a consultation with our friendly Dentists today if you would like to be screened for Sleep Apnoea and if you or your partner struggle with issues of snoring.