Dr. Mordeana Williams
Quality Sleep & Your Health
Many of my clients when asked why they think they need IV Vitamin usually reply “I am tired, Fatigue, lack energy, not sleep well”. While most of these symptoms may be part of a varied underlying disease process they may also be due to lack of quality sleep. There is such a thing as sleep hygiene. The body needs at least 8 hours of undisturbed rest to be able to replenish, achieve adequate rest and reset for the body’s many systems that work in coordination with each other the way the maker intended it.
If you find yourself still tired even after a full night's sleep, you snore loudly, fall asleep when you sit down during the day, unable to pay full attention, drifting off while driving or when your vehicle comes to a stop light, you may be experiencing Sleep apnea. Many motor vehicle and train accidents occur because the driver fell asleep at the wheel.
Some of these symptoms may simply be attributed to lack of adequate hours of quality sleep, but it could also possibly be due to Sleep Apnea. This is a very common and potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. This leaves the body without adequate rest and oxygenation during sleep. Your all night sleep may only be a few hours of sleep and a lot more work on your heart and other organs during the night when they should be resting and rejuvenating. This renders you tired and exhausted during the daytime.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax and block the flow of air into the lungs
Central sleep apnea (CSA), which occurs when the brain doesn't send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing
Treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, also known as complex sleep apnea, which happens when someone has OSA — diagnosed with a sleep study — that converts to CSA when receiving therapy for OSA
The symptoms of obstructive and central sleep apneas overlap, sometimes making it difficult to determine which type you have. The most common symptoms of obstructive and central sleep apneas include:
Episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep — which would be reported by another person.
Gasping for air during sleep.
Awakening with a dry mouth.
Grinding of teeth
Difficulty staying asleep, known as insomnia.
Excessive daytime sleepiness, known as hypersomnia.
Difficulty paying attention while awake.
Based upon those symptoms many of you reading this article may be thinking “Oh No” that’s me, and if that’s you then go get checked out because the treatment will give you better quality of life, longer life, less cardiac and other system complications.
You may know someone who is irritable, fussy, easily disturbed, impatient and always tired. That person may also be suffering from “lack of quality sleep” or “Sleep Apnea”
Lack of sleep may be an easy fix:
Just go to bed earlier because it is said for every hour that you go to bed at 9PM you gain 2 hours of rest. Therefore, if you go to bed at 9 PM by midnight your body would have gained 6 hours of rest instead of 3 hours. There are also many simple and natural remedies to help you sleep and stay asleep such as teas, vitamins and tablets.
Sleep Apnea Evaluation and Treatment:
Prior to surgery the provider usually check for Tongue size, Neck size, Gender, Tiredness, Hypertension, Snoring, Large BMI greater than average by height and weight to determine if the patient may need certain standby protocol during the procedure as it relates to their breathing and Sleep Apnea.
If you are experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms and think you might have sleep apnea, see your healthcare provider. Treatment can ease your symptoms and will help prevent heart problems and other complications. The evaluation process over the years were made much simpler and are covered by your insurance plan.
Some companies give you a small take home device to use during sleep that measures your wake time, which position gives you better quality sleep, how many times you stopped breathing during sleep and how many hours you slept. This simple device is returned to their office for evaluation then they call you in for the results and treatment.
Many manufacturers have come a long way in making sleep devices much simpler and more comfortable. If you already used one of the older brands you should consider trading out for a more modern, less bulky and more comfortable device.
Weight and BMI can be a factor but with my small frame and average weight in proportion to my height I still have Sleep Apnea. I credit my dentist for diagnosing my sleep apnea after she saw the unevenness of my teeth surfaces and determined that unknown to me I was grinding my teeth during sleep. This may have possibly been due to my sinus problem that has drastically improved since then. Thank God my case was mild to moderate but I still opt for the recommended treatment plan to prevent things like hypertension, heart disease and other stressful situations that this would place on my body. Opting for treatment is choosing a better quality of life and more wakefulness during the daytime.
Our free consultation includes a comprehensive history to determine our treatment of choice to assist you with better quality of sleep. We recommend several natural modalities, teas and other natural remedies and vitamins for better quality of sleep.
Check out our website to make an appointment www.vitamineralivtherapy.com