About Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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The most common type of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea. This is caused when the throat muscles relax to the point where the walls of the airway block the air coming in and out of your lungs either partially or completely. While this is naturally corrected by your body waking you up, it is nevertheless a very serious condition that can have widespread implications for your health and productivity.

Obstructive sleep apnea can cause you to emerge from deep sleep from five to thirty times per hour. Although it is not entirely clear why we need to sleep and what happens to our bodies during it, it is abundantly clear that a full night of restful sleep is absolutely necessary. Moreover, the body goes through very distinct stages of sleep that all seem to serve different purposes. When we are aroused from sleep continually while going through these stages, we are unable to get the proper rest that our bodies desperately need. This lack of restful sleep can have widespread and concerning side effects on our health, mood, and productivity.

There are numerous ways to assist in addressing sleep apnea, including sleeping on your side rather than your back, using a mouth guard to keep your mouth and tongue in better positions, and changes to lifestyle, including the avoidance of alcohol before bed and weight loss. You should talk to our sleep apnea dentist in Glendale to learn more about ways to deal with this condition.

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