Are you regularly awoken from a deep sleep by your partner’s snoring? Do you ever hear them stop breathing in their sleep and then gasp for a breath after?
If that’s a common occurrence for your partner, they may have sleep apnea, a condition where a person stops breathing repeatedly throughout the night. This is usually followed by an awakening to breathe.
Symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring often followed by episodes of silence lasting from 10 seconds to 1 minute+
- Witnessed pauses in breathing
- Choking or gasping for air during sleep
- Restless sleep
- Frequent visits to the bathroom
- Excessive daytime sleepiness/fatigue
- Falling asleep at inappropriate times – watching TV, reading, working, and even while driving a car
- Morning headaches
- Severe dryness of the mouth
- Poor concentration
- Depression or irritability
If your partner is experiencing one or several of these symptoms, you may want to encourage them to get tested for sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition with several long-term consequences because of the decreased oxygen the body experiences throughout the night, including high blood pressure, heart disease and heart attack, stroke, and fatigue-related motor vehicle and work accidents.
The Good News!
The good news is that there is now a simple treatment option that can quickly fix the problem for most people with sleep apnea – an Oral Sleep Appliance.
Oral Sleep Appliances position the jaw, so the airway stays open throughout sleep. With these simple appliances, you can breathe freely throughout the night.
They’re also covered by most insurance companies.
What are the benefits of using an oral sleep appliance?
If you are a candidate for an oral sleep appliance, it can change your life. Users report a dramatic increase in their quality of life, including:
- Increased energy and attentiveness
- Fewer morning headaches
- Reduced irritability
- Improved memory
- Increased ability to exercise
- Lower blood pressure
- Decreased risk of strokes and heart attacks
- Increased effectiveness at home and at work
Is an Oral Sleep Appliance the Right Treatment Option?
If you or your partner are experiencing the signs of sleep apnea, start by going here to apply for a free sleep apnea consultation in [city] > [freesleepapneaconsultlink]
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