22 August 2018

How to live up to 10 years longer by fixing your sleep

Tired of being Tired? 

Often we make excuses for poor sleep, stress, too busy, kids. All of this can definitely be a factor, but there is something we can do about it. We just need to find out why you or your children are not sleeping properly. Poor sleep in the long run can lead to poor health, when we sleep it allows our body to rejuvenate, and if that’s not happening properly it more likely that not only are we tired all the time but can lead to weight gain (or harder to lose weight), getting sick more easily (or taking longer to recover), increase risk of high blood pressure, stroke or heart attacks.

Sleep apnea can have the same damage on your health as smoking every day! Solving your sleep issues will not only make you happier but also healthier and can add up to 10 years to your life! What is 10 extra years worth to you?

Signs to look out for (adults): 

  • Snoring 
  • Waking up tired (even after a full nights sleep)
  • Consistently finding it difficult to fall asleep after 15-20 mins
  • Waking up with a headache or neck pain
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • High blood pressure
  • Getting tired during the day
  • Mouth breathing
  • Gasping for air when sleeping or choking
  • Getting tired while being a passenger in the car for over an hour
  • Falling sleep while watching TV
  • Needing to wake up at night to use the bathroom

Kids Sleeping problems in children tends to disturb the parents more than the kids! Ultimately children with poor sleep lead to parents with poor sleep. At times parents may not realise their kids aren’t sleeping to their full potential.

Signs to look out for (kids): 

  • Breathing with their mouth open
  • Reoccoring ear infections 
  • Reoccurring colds
  • Hyperactiveness 
  • Fussy eaters 
  • Moving around a lot when sleeping 
  • Arched neck when sleeping 
  • Grinding their teeth in their sleep
  • Snoring or heavy breathing 
  • Waking up during the night 
  • Bedwetting 

 How does the Dentist help? 

The amount of times patients think I’m psychic when I ask if they have been having poor sleep between appointments! Often we can see the signs of poor sleep on your teeth (signs of grinding, fracture marks, teeth constantly breaking, signs of large tonsils, narrow airways, tongue shape) Some dental treatment can fail because of habits during your sleep (clenching or grinding teeth).
On many occasions we have been able to spot the early signs of sleep apnea first due to what we see in your mouth.
We may not be able to treat all cases, but we can definitely help you get the help you need.
Book in for a consultation and let us help you sleep and live longer.


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