The current coronavirus outbreak and sudden change to our daily lives can lead to increased stress and anxiety for everyone. If you are also suffering from a sleep disorder, the added stress can exacerbate symptoms and possibly increase your risk for a cardiac event or stroke if you are nor currently being treated. If you have untreated sleep apnea, the effects of this condition can also make it more difficult to manage stress and emotions in a situation like we are facing with quarantines and uncertainty.
Our office provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for sleep disorders including sleep apnea. If you are concerned about your quality of sleep or have been told you snore, contact us to discuss options for a consult or treatment.
These are difficult times and Dr. Van Gurp has flexible options for addressing your needs in a safe manner.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
There are common signs of a sleep disorder that many are aware of such as snoring but there are other signs that are not obviously linked to a sleep problem and are important to consider:
- Feeling tired or sleepy during the day: if you are struggling daily to stay awake and focused it is often a sign that your sleep quality is poor.
- Increasing irritability or moodiness: feeling more emotional or easily irritated can indicate that your nightly rest is not restoring your body’s needs, leaving you less able to cope with daily stressors.
- Headaches and decreased ability to concentrate on tasks: reduced oxygen to the brain during sleep stresses the body and minimizes the brain’s ability to restore and promote healing or relaxation within tissues and muscles.
- Feeling depressed: there are links between a sleep disorder and depression. During difficult and stressful times, an untreated sleep problem may increase the incidence of feeling depressed or unable to manage your emotions.
Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea
Dr. Van Gurp can provide a custom sleep appliance to minimize symptoms and help restore improved sleep. Oral appliance therapy works and can be an alternative to the CPAP for those with mild to moderate symptoms or who are intolerant of the device. Fitted much like a sports mouthguard, an oral appliance is designed to prevent the soft tissues at the back of the throat from collapsing into the airway. This is the cause of your snoring and the cessation of normal breathing throughout sleep. Allowing the jaw to rest in a natural position and the airway to remain open will improve sleep and your overall health and wellness.
Feeling rested can make it easier to endure stress and cope with new demands for your time and attention. If you would like to explore your options please contact our office and we will get back to you shortly.