Living With and Managing Sleep Apnea
JIM: I had this problem throughout my life. Driving was always a problem, and I tried to make sure that no place I ever had to go was very far away because I knew I'd fall asleep. Carol Lynn was complaining about snoring and, more specifically, snoring and then long periods of nothing,
and then a gasp when I would, you know, start breathing again. Obviously, I wanted to enjoy my life with my children more than I felt that I was enjoying it. It's Saturday morning, and the kids are at your bed ready to do something, and I'm just like, quot;I gotta sleep, guys. I'm sorry. I can't play with you. I can't do this.quot; And I look back and I'm like, quot;This just can't be right.quot;
I had been talking to my about possibly having depression symptoms. I remember the other thing that I said to the when I went was that I no longer had any dreams. If you're not getting into REM sleep, you have no dreams. And so she's the one who then said, quot;Okay, we're gonna send you for a sleep study.quot; I spent the night there.
The amount of times that I was technically waking, and as low as my blood oxygen levels were, it was extreme. I was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea. Surgery, as it turned out, really wasn't a good option for me. The next step was that my did prescribe a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure.
The idea is they have to get the air pressure to your nose or your mouth or both in order to keep your airway open while you sleep. Because it wasn't comfortable for me to use, I was not using it as well as I should have been, in some cases not at all for weeks at a time. And things got worse, other symptoms appeared. I felt confused and out of it and just not right.
And I realized that I really needed to figure out a way to learn to live with this contraption. Now I'm at the point where I am consistently using it and have been for a long period of time. I definitely feel better. I'm looking forward to feeling better yet. Certainly, I have more energy to do activities with the children than I did before, and we do more.
Dental Care Teeth Grinding Night Guards
I'm Joe Neely, and I practice with theBarton Oaks Dental Group. I'm going to talk about using a night guard for tooth grinding,or in many cases for tooth clinching. Since probably more people simply clinch with excessiveforces, than grind. The night guard has three purposes. The first purpose is to simply putsomething in between your two sets of teeth, top and bottom, that's softer than your toothenamel. The plastic that a night guard is made out of, even though it feels hard, ismuch less dense than your tooth, and so if somethings going to wear, the plastic willwear. The second thing the night guard does, is, because it has some thickness to it, itgives the muscle a different position to rest
in, and to function in. Striated muscles,if you stretch them a little bit, if you extend them, and then contract them, its therapeuticfor the muscle. It's the same thing a runner would do when they're stretching their legs,or ballerinas stretching out, or a gymnast. You're basically are functioning with thatmuscle at a longer position for the muscle. The third thing the night guard does, is,it gives your jaw support and yet freedom of function. The, the purpose of a custommade night guard, like any orthotic for our sh, sh, running shoes or whatever, is it canbe shaped to fit the patient's bite exactly. To where when you bite down, you have fullsupport, even support, and when you go through
the different motions and movements of thejaw, your, the, the plastic is shaped to where it puts that jaw through an ideal patternof movement, rather than a hard pattern of movement. The reason that you wouldn't wantto go to the sporting goods store and get an athletic mouthpiece, is that as you biteinto the athletic mouthpiece, your teeth, top and bottom, sink into that mold, and nowyour teeth are locked in position. And so, with the mouthpiece in place, if you needto, if you're functioning, then your, the teeth slide across the plastic. If they'relocked into position, and you grind, then the only thing that, that gets torn up isthe joint, and that's not a good thing.
How to get a better nights sleepNaturally
NARRATOR: According to the National Sleep Foundation, a surprising 60% of americans experience sleep problems almost every night. To find relief, many people reach for traditional medicines. However, research shows there are natural ways to relieve stress and sleeplisness. Consider these tips. Set a sleep schedule and stick to it, minimize the use of electronics before bed. and create a peaceful bedroom environment. Exercise has also been reported to increase the likelihood of a good night sleep.
Take steps to manage stress by calming your body and mind. Try relaxing in a hot bath, taking deep cleansing breaths, and journaling your thoughts. In addition, there are natural remedies that can help. Unlike most traditional medicines, Homeopathic products are formulated to promote sleep naturally. For example, the natural ingredients in Hyland's Calms Forte Sleep Aid work without sedatives or risk of dependency to ease stress and to help you sleep. You can find Calms Forte in grocery and natural food stores, and at pharmacies like Walgreens. For more tips on getting a better night sleep in 7 days, visit Hylands sleep or like Hyland's on facebook.