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Snore No More
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SNORE NO MORE!

Snoring has long been a subject for jokes and ridicule but the fact is that snoring interferes with a good night’s sleep, both for the one snoring and for anyone else within earshot!  In the last few years, many studies have linked snoring with nighttime breathing difficulties including sleep apnea. 

Sleep Apnea has been linked to serious diseases

Guess which disorders & diseases sleep apnea has been linked to:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Sleep partner irritability
  • Weight gain

(Hint – all of the above!!) 

Additionally, the stress of struggling to breathe at night is a significant factor in teeth grinding and clenching.  And it even affects children, resulting in poor concentration & irritability during the day which may be interpreted as ADD/ADHD. 

What to do? 

Well, the first step is to recognize some of the symptoms listed above.  Next, clean up your pre-sleep habits.  Try to unwind and relax at least an hour before bedtime.  No smoking, drinking alcohol or caffeine, no vigorous exercise or eating a large meal before bed and try to block out psychological stressors like deadlines, exams, marital conflict, and job crises that may crank your brain up.  Try to stay off the computer and away from the TV, too (OK, maybe C-Span will put you to sleep).  Set up a regular routine that your brain and body gets used to and looks forward to every night. 

These suggestions alone may help a great deal to improve your nighttime breathing and rest.  But if not, there is good news and it doesn’t have to mean a CPAP device! In fact, you may already own a CPAP but are not using it. While a CPAP is the ultimate nighttime breathing aid, many people can’t or won’t wear it, so you are not alone.

If you would like to improve the quality of your sleep, improve your health, and even get your significant other back in the same bedroom with you, please call us. We can literally help you improve the quality of your life….no CPAP and not going to a lab to be tested for sleep disorders!

Call today for a free consultation!

219-322-9905

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