Negative Consequences of Sleep Deprivation in Teens

We regularly post information about the negative consequences of sleep deprivation due to Sleep Apnea. But with the start of school for a lot of our clients, this is timely information about why your teenager may be so cranky. It’s not just Algebra.

High school students and their parents constantly quibble over waking up early for school or, by noon on weekends, I remember how hard it was to get them going for school.

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Other Signs of Sleep Apnea

Often there are dental conditions that may indicate a patient is dealing with sleep apnea. If you are evaluated by a dentist that is experienced in Dental Sleep medicine, these conditions will signal for further testing.

Dental sleep medicine is an area of dental practice that focuses on the use of oral appliance therapy to treat sleep-disordered breathing, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

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Do I Have Sleep Apnea?

How do I know if I have Sleep Apnea?

This question is asked frequently. The most common symptom is that someone hears you snoring, gasping, and stop breathing while you sleep. Some people wake themselves gasping for air.

 

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Is Your Migraine a Result of TMJ?

Treatment for TMJ could bring relief from migraine headaches that are often debilitating for sufferers. Many people take medications that cause drowsiness and have other side effects. But, a solution that doesn’t involve medication may be possible by treating TMD.

Migraine headaches can have many presenting symptoms such as visual auras, flashes, tunnel vision, blurry vision and light sensitivity among others. Some patients become nauseous, others experience dizziness. Some patients describe changes in hearing and can become very sensitive to loud or high frequency sounds.

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Sleep Apnea Triggering Need For Energy Drinks?

If you find yourself searching for a “pick me up” in the form of an energy drink on a regular basis, lack of quality sleep due to sleep apnea might be the reason.

While these drinks aren’t all bad, moderation is the key. So, before you reach for another Red Bull check out what the energy drinks are doing to your body and also check out our blog post on Sleep Apnea Symptoms.

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The Science Behind TMJ

TMJ Disorders comprise a variety of signs and symptoms in the head and neck associated with improper function of the temporomandibular joint (TM), head and neck muscles, nerves, and the occlusion (bite).

Sudden changes in occlusion are rarely related to the teeth. Most often the problem is in the TMJ or neck. Muscle pain, although present is very rarely the primary cause. It is typically secondary to an orthopedic problem in the head or neck.

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Limit Soda Pop For Better Sleep

There are many factors that affect quality of sleep. Some times Sleep Apnea is exacerbated by weight gain which can be attributed to the empty calories found in soda pop.

Most people understand that pop isn’t a good thing to consume in excess. Over the years I’ve had patients drinking up to a 6 pack per day ” instead of coffee” or, they are drinking diet soda pop to reduce the amount sugar they are consuming. It really doesn’t matter though because of all the other effects.

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Sleep Apnea Hampers Performance

BroncosIf you suffer from Sleep Apnea, your body is not getting the restorative rest it needs for optimal physical and mental performance. Whether you are training for a Boulder triathlon or marathon, or just want to shave time off of your Saturday morning run, science says more sleep is a key.

For Peak Athletic Performance, Sleep More

High level athletes train vigorously and long. They eat well and work on mental aspects of performance enhancement hoping to gain an edge in their field of competition. Finishing 1st vs 3rd can be fractions of a second, small percentages in consistency, or reaction times.

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Treating TMJ Symptoms: Don’t Ignore the Source

Discomfort caused by tension in the face and neck are common symptoms with TMJ disorder. But treatment that focuses on muscle relaxation may actually lead to increased joint damage in the jaw by ignoring the source of the problem.

That pain in the neck may be coming from your jaw…

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Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Sleep Apnea can be a life threatening condition for many reasons. The physical effects on the body increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. And the side effects of lack of restorative sleep can lead to accidents as a result of diminished cognitive ability.highway-821487_640

If you think you may suffer from sleep apnea, check this list of symptoms that commonly suggest sleep apnea.

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