Breathing is something we often take for granted. How we breath can change depending on our activity, emotions and certain situations we face on a daily basis. When you are stressed or scared, your breathing may be shallow or quick. When calm and relaxed, you may notice you take normal, full breaths. When treating sleep apnea, we often recommend a certain breathing technique — known as the Buteyko Breathing Method — to help with your treatment. Our colleagues at TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centres International location in London, England created a video that helps explain how you can practice this method for better breathing and overall better health. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH7A9SUsLgY
Have you been thinking of treating your sleep apnea or TMD, but are uncertain of coming into the office? We offer free virtual consults so you can get the same great service in the comfort of your own home. All you need is a computer or cell phone and internet connection.
Sleep apnea can interfere with many areas of your life. Besides keeping your partner awake all night with your snoring, sleep apnea sufferers may experience constant fatigue during the day and even unexplained weight gain.
People who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are not only plagued by loud snoring and the constant waking at night, gasping for air, but their daytime activities are also greatly affected. Those who are sleep deficient are shown to be less productive at work and school.
Sleep plays a critical role in maintaining good health. It helps protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and even your personal safety. Have you ever tried driving when you’re exhausted? Then you know you’re only putting yourself and others at risk. What’s more, quality sleep helps your brain function properly and allows your body to heal and fend off major health complications.
While poor sleep can cause mild daytime fatigue or inability to concentrate, it can occasionally have disastrous consequences. A recent study conducted in Finland found that insufficient sleep was a major cause of fatal fatigue-related motor vehicle accidents. It also showed that driver health factors such as sleep apnea or acute and chronic disease were risk factors for these types of accidents.
Most people know by now that the use of media at night can disrupt sleep patterns and cause people to be tired or irritated the next day. A study by the Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine found that media use is particularly harmful for adolescents ages 13-17 who also are being treated for ADHD. Not only does it decrease the amount of sleep needed for this age group, it was also shown to increase anxiety and depression for them, as well.
Time and time again, we have patients that come to us after years of suffering with symptoms like headaches, jaw pain and constant fatigue attributed to TMJ disorder. It broke our hearts to hear how one of our patients had to miss work, special occasions and life in general due to the pain.
Nothing makes us happier than hearing from a patient who has suffered for decades with jaw pain, snoring and daily fatigue that they have finally found some relief. For years, she said “I had begun to think I was imagining the headaches…I was made to feel like it was ‘all in my head’ and that I couldn’t possibly be experiencing daily headaches.”
Although we may not fully understand the science of sleep as it pertains to unique individuals, we all know how terrible we feel when we don’t get enough. We do know the reason for that! Our bodies miss important parts of their housekeeping routine when we don’t sleep long enough. In the short-term we feel groggy and out of sorts, and we can’t think as clearly or make good decisions. Studies show that habitual lack of quality sleep can raise the odds of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, depression, and diabetes.