The alarm goes off. You hit snooze. Can it really be time to get up already? After a night full of tossing and turning and barely getting a total hour of sleep, it’s going to be a rough day. But as much as you feel like you won’t be able to keep your eyes open during the day, it’s not just your body that is exhausted, your brain is too and you might not be as sharp as you need to be today.
In a study published on nature.com, researchers found that not getting an adequate amount of sleep at night makes it challenging for your brain cells to communicate effectively. When your brain cells can’t communicate effectively, it makes it more difficult to concentrate or focus.
The study focused on 12 individuals who were required to stay up all night. During the night, researchers monitored their brain activity by asking them to perform certain tasks like categorizing animals and objects. As the people became more exhausted, it became more challenging for them to perform the tasks, and their brain cells seemed to be slowing down.
“We were fascinated to observe how sleep deprivation dampened brain cell activity,” lead study author Yuval Nir, a sleep researcher at Tel Aviv University in Israel, said in the statement. “Unlike the usual rapid reaction, the neurons responded slowly, fired more weakly and their transmissions dragged on longer than usual.”
When your brain cells slow down, it can take you more time to process information. The researchers compared the effects of lack of sleep to those of drunk driving. Delayed responsiveness, taking longer to realize what they are seeing, etc.
So next time you wake up exhausted and feel a dip in your performance at work or in your daily life, it’s time to get a wake-up call! Schedule a consult with Sleep Rehab today to sleep better tonight and live your most productive life tomorrow.
A true Sleep Rehab patient story, originally published on YouTube
Mrs. Dillard wasn’t feeling very rested in the morning and was snoring more often than before, as reported by her husband. In addition to some allergies she was experiencing, she went in for a consult with her Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor. The ENT doctor, after a check-up, noticed some irregularities in her current medical condition thus recommending a professional sleep test by Sleep Rehab. She and her husband both came into the Sleep Rehab office for Mrs. Dillard’s first sleep test, and sure enough, Sleep Apnea was diagnosed.
However, she wasn’t the typical patient that Dr. Fedosky usually sees, because of her lack of the usual symptoms – Mrs. Dillard wasn’t crippling exhausted upon waking, nor was her snoring out-of-control and unbearable. But, her Sleep Apnea was in fact, making her other medical conditions worse and there was no question that it needed to be fixed.
Sleep Apnea can worsen other medical conditions like, but not limited to:
Propensity for strokes
High blood pressure
Arrhythmia of the heart
So, by controlling Sleep Apnea, you can also potentially control these other medical conditions, as they can be linked.
We are happy to report that after working with Dr. Fedosky and the Sleep Rehab team, Mrs. Dillard was relieved of her former tiredness and even snoring (which makes for a very happy husband!) and her Sleep Apnea is now controlled.
See the full patient story of Mr. and Mrs. Dillard below! Do you identify with Mrs. Dillard and interested in having a sleep test performed? If you believe you may be experiencing unusual symptoms for Sleep Apnea or looking for a doctor that can help you, contact Dr. Fedosky at Sleep Rehab today.
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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?
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!
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No treatment is right for every patient, but if you’re suffering from sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy can offer significant improvement in the quality and quantity of sleep. Many patients with sleep apnea struggle to adjust to treatment using the more traditional continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. For these patients and those who don’t achieve adequate improvement in sleep using CPAP alone, an oral appliance may provide effective treatment to help you get a good night’s sleep. (more…)
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How’d you sleep last night? If the answer to that question is something along the lines of, “I think I slept, but I feel so tired all the time,” then the culprit may be sleep apnea. This medical condition causes temporary pauses in breathing throughout the night. There are two types of sleep apnea. The less common is called central sleep apnea and occurs because the brain fails to signal muscles to breathe. The more common is obstructive sleep apnea, which happens when soft tissue in your throat blocks your airway. Either type can have serious health consequences including heart disease. To reduce the risk of heart disease and treat sleep apnea, Dallas residents turn to Dr. Keane Fedosky and his team at Sleep Rehab.
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We all want to sleep well, but for patients with sleep apnea, getting a full night of rest is difficult. Thankfully, treatment is possible. At Sleep Rehab in Garland, TX, a better night of sleep is only three steps away