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Should You Get a Weighted Blanket for Sleep Apnea?

April 26, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepsnoringtmj @ 6:02 pm
Pile of weighted blankets with a blue feather on them

Weighted blankets aren’t just a useful sleep aid for people with anxiety or ADHD; virtually anyone can use them to enjoy a more refreshing night’s rest. With weighted blankets making such a significant difference for so many people, the natural question that many sleep dentists find themselves asking is: could they be a useful aid for reducing sleep apnea symptoms? You can find out more about the benefits of weighted blankets by reading below.

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Why Shouldn’t You Nap if You Have Sleep Apnea?

April 14, 2021

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Middle aged man taking a nap on the couch

When you’re feeling exhausted during the day, the natural thing to want to do is take a nap. On the surface, this may seem like a good way to get your energy back so that you can go about the rest of your day feeling more refreshed. However, studies have shown that napping can have its drawbacks, and that’s especially true for anyone who is already suffering from a sleep disorder.  Below, you can learn more about why napping and sleep apnea may not be the best combination.

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Alcohol and Sleep Apnea: How Drinking Leads to Even More Restless Nights

March 15, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepsnoringtmj @ 9:09 pm
Woman having a glass of wine while reading in bed

A nice, cold drink right before bed is just the thing you need to relax, right? Think again. Drinking alcohol in the evening has been known to lead to a number of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea. And if you’re already suffering from such a disorder, the alcohol makes it worse. It’s important to understand what causes sleep breathing and how drinking can contribute to it. In this post, you can explore the link between alcohol and sleep apnea.

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Could Your TMJ Disorder Be Linked to Sleep Apnea?

February 28, 2021

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Man lying in bed feeling jaw due to TMJ pain

If you’ve been suffering from chronic jaw pain, headaches, and other painful symptoms of a TMJ disorder, you need to start asking important questions about your health – including, surprisingly, “How well am I sleeping?” Roughly 43% of patients with TMJ disorder also tend to have issues sleeping, with sleep apnea being particularly common. Could your jaw pain have something to do with sleep-disordered breathing? Below, you’ll discover the hidden connection between TMJ and sleep apnea.

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4 Reasons to Breathe Through the Nose and Not the Mouth

February 8, 2021

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Man lying on back in bed mouth breathing

Has your partner noticed that you started breathing through your mouth while you sleep? This is sometimes a side effect of sleep apnea; when you’re not able to get the oxygen you need through your nose, your body might switch to breathing through the mouth instead. While mouth breathing is generally okay every once in a while, it’s not something you should make a habit of. In this post, you’ll discover 4 crucial benefits of breathing through your nose.

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5 Important Tips for Keeping Your Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Clean

January 30, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepsnoringtmj @ 11:13 pm
Close-up of a sleep appliance on a blue background

Simply place your oral appliance in your mouth every night, and you’ll soon find yourself enjoying plenty of rest, letting you wake up each day with plenty of energy. However, it’s important to remember that while it is in your mouth, it is exposed to food particles, bacteria, and other potentially harmful substances. If you want to get a good night’s rest without having to worry about the health of your mouth, it’s important to give your appliance the care it deserves. Keep these 5 tips in mind for cleaning your oral appliance on a regular basis.

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How Your Phone Could Be Ruining Your Sleep

January 19, 2021

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Woman lying awake in bed checking cell phone

Are you satisfied with the sleep you’re getting every night? There are many factors that could be causing the quality of your rest to suffer, such as sleep apnea. But one contributor that you might not have even thought of could be the amount of time you spend on your phone, laptop, or other devices just before bed. You might think they’re helping you wind down after a long day, but they could actually be interfering with your body’s ability to get a proper amount of sleep. Read on to see why turning your phone off early could help you enjoy more peaceful nights of quality sleep.

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How Can a Sleep Diary Help in Diagnosing Sleep Apnea?

December 29, 2020

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Writing in sleep log on a desk with cup of tea

Before sleep apnea can be treated, it needs to be properly diagnosed. After all, how can you truly find a solution for your sleep disorder if you don’t know for sure what kind of disorder it is? In order to make such a diagnosis, your doctor will have to gather as much information as possible about your sleep habits; to that end, a sleep diary can be an invaluable tool. If you have any reason to think you might not be sleeping as soundly as you could at night, read on to learn how a sleep diary could help you narrow down the nature of your problem.

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Is Sleep Apnea Aging You During the Night?

December 22, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepsnoringtmj @ 7:47 pm

There’s a difference between your chronological age and your biological age; the first is the number of years you’ve been alive while the second is how old your body actually seems based on changes in your chromosomes and other factors. Needless to say, having a biological age that’s significantly higher than your chronological age can be harmful for your health in the long run – and if you have a sleep disorder, your body could be aging at an accelerated rate without you even realizing it. Read on to learn how recent studies have linked aging to sleep-disordered breathing – and what you can do to protect yourself!

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Why is Sleep Apnea Becoming More Common?

November 28, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepsnoringtmj @ 10:15 pm
Close-up of hands writing “sleep apnea” on clipboard

In recent years, cases of sleep apnea – a disorder where a person suffers pauses in breathing while they’re asleep – have been on the rise. A study published by The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) found that sleep apnea incidents increased by 850% between 2014 and 2017. What is the root cause of this sleep apnea epidemic? And what can you do to protect yourself from the risk factors? Read on to learn essential information that could help you continue to enjoy sweet dreams.

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