Time Change - Fall Back Into Better Sleep

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013, 5:07 pm

The time change is here again! While we all enjoy that extra hour of shut eye every fall, we now know that sleep is not something you can “catch up” on. Once sleep time is lost, it is gone forever and no amount of sleeping in on the weekend can get it back.

Researchers  have also learned much in the past several years about why we sleep and just how important sleep is to our overall health and well being. A good night of sleep does more than rest your body, while we are asleep different body mechanisms are busy working. Brand new research has shown that your brain “takes out the trash” while you are sleeping, clearing out waste products including those linked to Alzheimer’s disease. During sleep your brain files away memories created during the day so they can be recalled later, essentially cataloging what you have learned.

Poor quality sleep or lack of sleep has now been linked to everything from obesity to certain cancers. Obstructive sleep apnea patients never get a full night of good quality sleep and are at higher risk of stroke, heart attack and diabetes, along with a host of other maladies.

Get the sleep you need

Sleep doctors and researchers are also learning more about treating sleep disorders.  Treatment options for sleep apnea are more common. Not to long ago, if you were diagnosed with sleep apnea, your only choice for treatment was a CPAP machine or surgery. We have discovered that about half of  patients can’t tolerate a CPAP and surgery doesn’t work in the long term. Oral appliances can effectively treat most sleep apnea patients without the discomfort and hassle that comes with CPAP.

Find out more about oral appliance therapy to treat obstructive sleep apnea by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439.

 

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