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A Letter to the Snoring Spouse

December 2, 2019

My dear [insert name here],

I’m writing this letter during yet another sleepless night. I have been awoken to what sounds like a massive, growling bear beside me in the wee hours of the morning. Wide-awake now, I’m unable to fall back asleep. Work is just a few short hours away. It’s going to take a truckload of coffee to get through the day, I can already tell. Now, this letter is not a sudden decision. It’s taken a lot of deep contemplation on my part as to how to tell you this:

The snoring has got to stop.

That might sound harsh and you know I love sleeping beside you every night, but I’m not sure I can take it any longer. I’m not sure if we can take it any longer.

It’s apparent that you’re not getting a full night’s rest, either. The disruptive, loud, snoring and breathing pauses can’t be healthy for you and they wake you up, too. In fact, I know it isn’t healthy because I’ve been doing some research. However, with the research, I have discovered that there are solutions (that don’t require one of us sleeping in the guest bedroom!). Plus, these solutions I’ve found aren’t surgically-invasive or pharmaceutical. How perfect is that?

First, you’ll go through a sleep test to determine what the cause of the snoring is. From there, you’ll be presented with a variety of sleep appliance options. Dr. Fedosky will talk you through each one and carefully identify which will work best for you. And, guess what? We’re not the only couple going through this problem, Sleep Rehab has helped other couples just like us get a better night’s sleep.

I’m excited about this solution, and I hope you are too. It’s time we both sleep through the night, next to each other. When you’re ready, we can request an appointment.

With love,

Your Exhausted Spouse

The Science Behind Snoring & How to Fix it

November 4, 2019

Your dog does it, your hamster can do it, and even that hummingbird in your backyard can do it. We’re talking about snoring. And while it is one of the more common animal behaviors, do we know what causes it? Turns out a variety of factors could be causing your, or your sleeping dog’s, snoring. It also turns out you don’t have to go night after night snoring – there is a solution!

 

According to Lynn A. D’Andrea, a sleep specialist at the University of Michigan Medical School, “[Snoring] is the combination of turbulent airflow through the hypotonic airway structures that results in the harsh vibratory noise known as snoring.”

But get this – snoring is not an illness. It is merely a symptom and you may be experiencing snoring because of something else. One of the more common causes of snoring is obstructive sleep apnea (60-70 million Americans experience this), which is a disorder causing gaps or pauses in a person’s breathing during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea and snoring leads to fatigue, waking up exhausted and overall less quality of sleep. Sound familiar?

If your partner has requested you sleep in the other room nightly, or you find yourself dozing off at work, it might be time to take care of your snoring and sleep apnea.

Thousands of Americans find solutions like the CPAP machine, medication and surgery to be effective, but you don’t need to connect to a machine, take pharmaceutical drugs or go under the knife to remedy your snoring.

At Sleep Rehab, our Board Certified Professionals use non-invasive, non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical solutions and come up with a customized treatment plan for you. Contact us today to find out your options and stop this snoring today!

Women with Sleep Apnea Have a Higher Risk for Heart Attacks

October 18, 2019

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Snoring WomanWhile obstructive sleep apnea tends to be more common in men, women are still at risk for the disorder – and in some ways it may be even more dangerous for them. Recent studies suggest that women who suffer from sleep-disordered breathing might be more likely to suffer life-threatening heart problems. Here’s what you need to know about the importance of uninterrupted slumber when it comes to women’s health.

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Why Your Gut Health Could Suffer If You Don’t Get Enough Sleep

September 19, 2019

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Gut painNot getting enough sleep can have more severe consequences than just being tired the next day. Recent research has shown that your guts – which refer to your small and large intestines – might suffer if you fail to get a good night’s rest, and that could have a huge, negative impact on your quality of life and overall healthy. To avoid this, it’s important to understand how a lack of sleep affects your gut health.

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5 Consequences of Not Sleeping Through the Night

August 9, 2019

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Man awake in bedMaybe you’re suffering from a serious sleep disorder, or maybe you’re a new parent with a baby that keeps crying during the night. Whatever the reason, interrupted sleep can leave you feeling tired the next morning. Unfortunately, that’s not the worst that can happen, especially if it’s an issue that lasts for weeks. Here are 5 ways your physical and mental can be affected if you don’t catch enough z’s.

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The Truth Behind What Really Happens During Your Sleep Cycles

July 24, 2019

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Sleeping womanSleeping seems pretty straightforward; all that happens is that the body and brain shut down for a while and give themselves a chance to recover from a busy day, right? Not exactly! There’s a lot more activity going on than you’d think during your nightly slumber. Everyone goes through multiple sleep cycles each night – usually 4 or 5, assuming you’re getting enough rest. Here’s the truth of what happens to your body while you’re snoozing.

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How Long Will It Take to Get Used to My Snoring Mouthguard for Sleep Apnea?

June 9, 2019

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Have you ever been constantly tired no matter how much coffee you drink? Do you frequently wake up with a sore throat? Has your bed partner complained about your loud snoring? If yes, you might have sleep apnea, a disease where you temporarily stop breathing in the night. One way to get it treated is by seeing your dentist and getting a snoring mouthguard made. Let’s talk about getting used to this oral appliance.

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What Sleep Science Tells Us About Electronics Keeping You Up

May 31, 2019

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Man in bed with phoneDo you spend time watching YouTube or playing games on your phone right before bed? With electronics playing such a constant part of our daily lives, it can be hard to pull yourself away. But too much screen time right before falling asleep may be affecting the quality of your rest more than you realize. Learn the sleep science behind how technology may be keeping you up.

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The 3 Most Valuable Bits of Info from Sleep Technology in Plano

April 16, 2019

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person sleeping smart watch

Technology is incredible, isn’t it? Every day it seems like new advancements come on the market, making this easier and giving you more information about that. Sometimes it can be difficult to sift through the overload of information. How can you distinguish between what is actually beneficial and what is simply nice to know? When it comes to sleep technology in Plano, sleep trackers have risen in popularity and provide loads of information about what happens to you during the night. Although your respiration rate and body temperature may be interesting, knowing this won’t help you improve the quality of your sleep. So what does? What numbers should you be looking at for clues on how to get better rest? Well, keep reading to find out! (more…)

This is the First Step to Treating Sleep Apnea in Plano

March 15, 2019

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Over 22 million Americans miss out on the quality rest they need because they suffer from sleep apnea. Unfortunately, many people go without ever having the condition properly diagnosed, which hinders their chances of receiving adequate therapy. The first step to addressing the problem is to have a sleep test conducted. As you continue reading, find out how it plays a key role in helping you overcome sleep apnea in Plano. <!—more--> What is Sleep Apnea? A person suffering from sleep apnea will have frequent lapses in breathing while sleeping. With each temporary loss of breath, the brain sends a distress signal that causes the individual to awaken. Because this can happen hundreds of times a night, even with what seems to be an adequate amount of sleep, the person is left feeling tired and unreplenished the next day. Here are some of the other symptoms that may be noticed: •	Irritability •	Depression •	Loud snoring •	Mood swings •	Throat soreness •	Decreased sex drive •	Morning headaches •	Inability to concentrate The First Step to Receiving Treatment Before any sleep apnea therapy can begin, there must be a proper diagnosis. This starts by reaching out to your primary care physician to have a sleep test (also called a polysomnogram) scheduled, which will be used to monitor your brain activity, breathing patterns, heart rate and blood oxygen levels. The typical process is to visit a sleep center to have the study conducted. Here’s what you can expect to happen: •	The usual time of a visit is nine to 10 hours. •	After you arrive at the sleep center, it will take around 45 minutes for the technician to set-up the equipment. •	To get an accurate reading, at least six hours of sleep data will need to be recorded. Based on the outcome of the study, your doctor can then make an accurate diagnosis. Then, if you are found to have sleep apnea, you can seek therapy from a local sleep dentist. How Sleep Apnea Can be Treated The most common method of treating sleep apnea is with a CPAP machine, which consists of a mask, tube and base unit. While the CPAP machine is highly effective, at least half the patients who receive this form of treatment can’t tolerate it. Thankfully, an oral appliance can provide a comfortable alternative. Instead of a noisy machine and cumbersome mask, the small device fits into the mouth and helps to shift the jaw to allow for better airflow. If you’ve experienced any of the symptoms listed above, or you’ve been told you snore loudly at night, sleep tests in Plano provide the best route to recovery. Then, by receiving expert care from your sleep dentist, you can soon lead a healthy and normal life. About the Author Dr. Keane Fedosky earned his dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry. He has since gone on to provide over 20 years of compassionate and concise care. A member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Fedosky specializes in treating sleep apnea at Sleep Rehab, and he can be reached for more information through his website. Over 22 million Americans miss out on the quality rest they need because they suffer from sleep apnea. Unfortunately, many people go without ever having the condition properly diagnosed, which hinders their chances of receiving adequate therapy. The first step to addressing the problem is to have a sleep test conducted. As you continue reading, find out how it plays a key role in helping you overcome sleep apnea in Plano.

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