How Are Your Sleeping? Take Our Sleep Quiz

July 28, 2016

Sleep problems are probably one of the hardest things for us to self-diagnose. Even if you’re a trained professional, it’s next to impossible to realize what’s going on while you sleep. That’s why we have to look at other areas, not just how we are sleeping. Our office has deviced a short test for you to take. It covers a number of issues relating to sleep apnea and sleep problems.

You’ll notice that a lot of the test has nothing to do with your sleeping patterns. That’s because problems like sleep apnea can affect your entire body and mental health.

Here’s our Quiz:

1. Do have trouble falling asleep?
Yes
No

2. Do you wake up at night gasping for air?
Yes
No

3. Do you feel tired or fatigued throughout the day?
Yes
No

4. Have you fallen asleep at work or during the day?
Yes
No

5. Do you wake up still tired after a full night’s rest?
Yes
No

6. You wake up with your heart pounding or notice irregular beating?
Yes
No

7. Do you have trouble concentrating at work or throughout the day?
Yes
No

8. Do you suffer from high blood pressure?
Yes
No

9. Are you overweight?
Yes
No

10. You have been told that you’re a restless sleeper
Yes
No

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might want to consider visiting our office or finding a certified sleep therapist. Most of the issues mentioned in the above quiz are common signs of sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a disease that affects millions of people across our country. It’s also been linked to serious illnesses like stroke or heart disease. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. Patients who suffer from this form of sleep apnea have an obstructed airway and can stop breathing hundreds of times a night.

No one is immune to sleep apnea. The problem can affect anyone at any age, but males are more likely to be diagnosed with sleep apnea. Some common risk factors of sleep apnea include:

• Being older than 40 years old
• Having a neck size larger than 17 inches if you’re a males and 16 inches if you’re a female
• Having family history of sleep apnea
• Being overweight
• Having enlarged tonsils or a larger tongue

Resolving Sleep Apnea Issues

So how do we resolve sleep apnea issues? Well, years ago we would have suggested a sleep test with a physician who would have likely required you to wear a CPAP machine. A CPAP machine is a device that constantly pushes air into your airway. The biggest problem with the CPAP machine is that it’s cumbersome and sometimes disruptive to bed partners. Studies have also found that CPAP machines have just a 50 percent compliance rate. That’s dangerous, considering the life-threatening problems that have been associated with sleep apnea.

At our office has spent years studying advanced technology and finding alternatives to uncomfortable CPAP machines. We’ve found that many patients can resolve their sleep apnea issues with a comfortable oral appliance. We take an impression of your teeth and then fashion an appliance that fits on your lower teeth. The device pushes your lower jaw forward, allowing the airways to remain open. For patients with serious forms of sleep apnea, we recommend that the oral appliance be used in conjunction with a CPAP machine.

Our patients who use the oral appliance report having reduced symptoms just one or two days after trying the appliance. If you’ve been told you snore loud enough to wake the dead or have any of these sleep apnea symptoms, contact our office today.

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Lorette Dental Care

102-1309 Dawson Road, Lorette, MB R0A 0Y0

204-809-4068

Winnipeg Square Dental Centre

31-360 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3Z8

204-809-9044