Posted on Monday, December 20th, 2021 at 9:14 pm
After a long and exhausting week, the best part of the weekend is sleeping in late. It is a chance to cuddle up in bed, snuggle under the covers, and catch up on some much-needed rest. So why are you up before the sun on a Saturday morning? How come you feel tired, but your body just won’t let you sleep in an extra few hours?
The answer to why you can’t sleep in may be complicated. Several factors could be keeping you from getting the rest you need. If you find that you are waking up too early, can’t sleep in, or don’t feel rested after you get up in the morning, consider these potential issues.
Your Weekday Routine
If you only have problems not being able to sleep in on the weekends, it may be because of your body’s internal clock. The body is all about maintaining patterns. If you habitually get up at 7:00 a.m. each morning, your body knows to start its wake-cycle just before that time. You have effectively set your body’s clock to recognize this pattern. Your body doesn’t know the difference between Monday morning and Saturday morning, so it doesn’t recognize the need to “sleep in.”
Blue Light and Electronics
We live in a society dominated by technology. Computer screens, phones, televisions, and tablets surround us, even at night. If you are always checking your phone before bed or are watching TV in bed, you are subjecting your brain to blue light. Blue light from electronic devices suppresses melatonin production. Melatonin is a sleep-inducing hormone that helps you fall asleep and stay asleep. Blue light may also disrupt your sleep-wake cycle.
Thinking about what you must do tomorrow, money woes, stress from your job, there is no shortage of anxiety-inducing thoughts. Anxiety can make it difficult to fall asleep. Once you finally fall asleep, anything that wakes you up can trigger another round of anxious thoughts. These thoughts can float through your head and keep you awake.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is a medical condition where a person’s airway becomes blocked off while they sleep. This obstruction causes the individual to stop breathing for a period of time, waking them up even if they are not fully aware they are awake. Sleep apnea can be a serious condition that prevents a person from sleeping in. It can also degrade their quality of sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea can also lead to other serious health complications.
Start Sleeping Better Today
Caffeine consumption, restless leg syndrome, alcohol consumption, and insomnia can also contribute to being unable to sleep in. If you are having trouble sleeping in or you don’t feel well-rested after a full night’s sleep, it may be time for a sleep consultation.
At Silent Night Therapy, we want to help people improve the quality of their sleep and overall health. Our team can help diagnose sleep disorders and give you the answers you’ve been looking for. Don’t settle for an okay night’s sleep. Schedule a complimentary sleep consultation with our office today or call us at 631-983-2463 today.
Posted on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 at 6:02 pm
Sleep divorce happens when a couple decides sleeping in separate rooms is the only option if one of you snores and disturbs the other’s sleep quality. Although it might seem like a practical solution, the physical distance of spending every night in different rooms can lead to emotional distance in your relationship.
We all know the importance of a good night’s sleep. It’s necessary to rest and recharge, so you’re ready to take on the day. Unfortunately, snoring is a common problem among married couples. Spending each night struggling to fall asleep and stay asleep affects not only your health but also your marriage.
Loud snoring is one of the tell-tale signs of sleep apnea. According to statistics from the American Sleep Apnea Association, approximately 22 million people in the United States suffer from sleep apnea. Fortunately, you and your partner can finally sleep better in the same bed when you treat sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy.
Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Before you can discuss the available treatment options for sleep apnea, you must first determine whether you or your partner has sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder that causes a person to start and stop breathing repeatedly as they sleep.
The most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Morning headaches
- Waking up with a dry throat or mouth
- Gasping for air during sleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Trouble staying asleep
- Difficulty paying attention while awake
- Episodes of stopped breathing continuously throughout the night
Oral Appliance Therapy
An experienced healthcare professional can diagnose your condition. If it turns out you or your spouse has sleep apnea, you might benefit from oral appliance therapy.
Oral appliance therapy involves a custom device the snorer can wear to reduce episodes of sleep apnea and snoring.
These four types of oral appliances are available based on a person’s needs:
- The EMA – The Elastic Mandibular Advancement (EMA) contains two individual trays made of vacuum form material held together with a strap. The strap can vary in flexibility and length. This device is comfortable and allows lateral movement of the jaw.
- Dynaflex Dorsal – The dorsal oral appliance can effectively minimize the occurrence of snoring in the wearer. The device contains two pieces with hardware that keep the lower jaw in place as the wearer sleeps.
- The Adjustable Herbst – The Adjustable Herbst contains hinged mechanisms on the upper and lower faces of the oral appliance. There are also advancement screws on these mechanisms for titration and advancement of the mandible.
- Respire Blue+ — The Respire Blue+ is a custom mouthpiece. This device is designed to have interlocking wings that help keep the airway open no matter which sleep position you choose.
Contact Silent Night Therapy
The professional team from Silent Night Therapy believes everyone deserves to sleep soundly every night. If you and your partner resigned yourselves to sleeping separately because you don’t think there’s a better solution, you should contact us immediately.
A sleep apnea appliance might be the remedy you’ve been looking for to save your marriage, as well as your quality of sleep. Call us at 631-983-2463 today for a free sleep consultation and learn about the options that are available to treat your or your spouse’s sleep apnea symptoms.
Posted on Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 at 4:12 pm
If you are someone who loves to cuddle up with Fido for the night, you have good company, even as far back as ancient history. Egypt’s Rameses the Great’s dog, Pahates, actually had the title “Bed Companion to the Pharoah.” Alexander the Great, and, thousands of years later, Queen Victoria and Czar Peter the Great slept with their pooches as well. So there must be something to the joys of bed-sharing with canines because today, 42 percent of dog owners indulge in the practice as well. There is no question that dog lovers are on to something health-wise. But there are downsides to this practice as well.
The Pros of Sleeping With Your Dog
Many folks say they feel more relaxed when sleeping with their dogs, and studies illustrate even more benefits:
- Sleeping with your dog may help you feel less depressed and anxious since it mimics snoozing under a weighted blanket.
- Dogs can provide security by alerting you to unusual movements or sounds while you are sleeping.
- Veterans, crime victims, and others who have post-traumatic stress disorder report experiencing relief from their nightmare issues when they sleep with their service dogs.
- People who sleep with their dogs help to strengthen their bond with their canine pets.
- If you sleep and/or live alone, dogs may help you to feel less lonely.
So while you may be reaping some important benefits by sleeping with your dog, there are negatives as well. If you suffer from sleep apnea, asthma, insomnia, or allergies, these issues may be aggravated when you slumber with your dog. The insects and bacteria that Spot brought into your home and your bedroom may infect you. Also, if you share your bed with a human, your relationship may suffer.
The Cons of Sleeping With Your Dog:
- If you are one of the millions of people in the U.S. who suffers from obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type of apnea, you are unfortunately familiar with starts and stops in your breathing when you sleep. Having your dog in bed with you can make your condition worse because dogs are sometimes restless and tend to move around, causing you to awaken even more often. Additionally, obstructive sleep apnea decreases the oxygen in the blood, which at some point may negatively affect your major organs.
- If you have asthma, your symptoms can become worse when you come into contact with animal dander. You might experience tightness in your chest and be forced to gasp for breath. You could even suffer a full-fledged asthma attack. (Usually, this occurs when an asthmatic is allergic to dog dander).
- If you have either short- or long-term insomnia, you have difficulty getting to sleep and/or staying asleep. There are many different reasons why people have insomnia, but it seems logical that sleeping with your dog won’t help the situation. In one study, 20% of participants labeled their pets as disruptive when sleeping in the same room as they do.
But it all depends on your dog’s size, your bed’s dimensions, and your dog’s tendency to toss and turn. If your dog is tiny, and your bed is large, sleeping with your dog may not make your insomnia worse. However, since dogs’ sleep cycles are much shorter than those of humans, the possibility of their being awake and changing their position during one or more of your sleep cycles is high, and that fact may keep you awake.
- If you are allergic to dogs, you should lessen your exposure to this trigger by not allowing your dog to sleep with you in bed. You may experience symptoms such as congestion, a runny nose, an itchy rash, or watery eyes, preventing you from sleeping soundly. Non-allergenic dogs (and cats) do not exist.
- Taking your dog outdoors on a regular basis to play and do their business is great for your canine, but the dirt and feces that they drag inside and onto your bed can make you ill. Also, your animal’s saliva can be infused with bacteria, their coats can become infested with fleas, and they can carry in dangerous ticks. You can easily be infected by these unwanted visitors.
- If your dog interferes with cuddling your partner by lying between you, it’s possible he may be ruining your relationship. Your beloved pet may be disrupting you and your partner’s intimacy, lessening the amount of attention you can give to each other, and interrupting both your and your loved one’s sleep time.
If You Have Sleep Apnea, Call the Sleep Specialists at Silent Night Therapy
Even if you don’t sleep with your dog, you may have a serious sleep issue known as sleep apnea. If you suspect that you do, why not call Dr. Brown at 631-983-2463 to schedule a complimentary consultation? He and our team take pride in treating each patient as a member of our family. If you are dealing with sleep issues that may be a result of sleep apnea, Dr. Brown will devise a treatment plan designed to address your specific issues. You can even start right now on your journey to better health by taking our online quiz. Call today. We all have to sleep well to live well.