Tell the truth—do you and your significant other share a bedroom but not a bed? Well, if you answered yes, then you’re in good company. Research from Ryerson University in Toronto estimates that between 30 to 40 percent of couples sleep in separate rooms at night. According to Colleen Carney, the director of the Sleep and Depression Lab at Ryerson, even though people say they sleep better when their bed partner is next to them, brain monitoring proves the opposite to be true. When test subjects slept together, monitors show that their brain did not enter the deeper stages of sleep, because it was repeatedly awakened.
This naturally leads to a question: What keeps waking your brain at night? If you answered snoring, then the problem may be not only snoring, but sleep apnea, too. Dr. John J. Hagerty and his staff offer sleep apnea therapy Lansing, MI, can feel confident about.
Snoring Treatment Lansing Won’t Lose Sleep Over
Sleep apnea is a condition that actually causes sufferers to momentarily stop breathing during sleep. The most common form of this condition is obstructive sleep apnea. In this case, when a person is sleeping—and obstructive sleep apnea is far more common among men than women—the entire body relaxes, and that includes your tongue and the tissue in your throat and neck. In this comfortable state, they may slide back toward your airway and cause a blockage. And with that blockage, snoring ensues. A person may snore and snore and then, suddenly, this annoying sound stops and a few seconds later breathing restarts with a snort or a cough. And while people with sleep apnea may be completely unaware, their brains are indeed aware and signal the body to wake up in order to restart breathing. This pattern can repeat hundreds of times during one night. The cumulative result is hours of lost sleep.
When you come to Dr. Hagerty for a consultation, he will carefully assess your symptoms. For an accurate diagnosis, we use the MediByte® Macro home sleep apnea and snoring recorder. Patients take this home with them for a night for a base line recording of their sleep cycles and breathing. Dr. Hagerty will review this digital file with you when you return for a second consultation. If the diagnosis is, in fact, sleep apnea, then Dr. Hagerty will prescribe a custom made oral appliance that will shift your lower jaw slightly forward. This slight adjustment holds your tongue out of the way and improves airflow. Both sleep apnea and snoring can be treated with an oral appliance.
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For a night of quiet and restful sleep that happens in the same room as your loved one, then contact the office of Dr. Hagerty in Lansing, MI. Our Lansing office treats patients from East Lansing, Grand Ledge, Holt, Okemos, and the surrounding Michigan areas.