22 August 2018

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

Tired of always 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?

Poor sleep signs to look out for in 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

Poor sleep signs to look out for in children

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.
  • 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 with my sleep problems?

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 your appointment and let us help you sleep and live longer.

What about CPAP machines?

This will be recommended depending on your sleep study results. Often this has the most resistence as no one wants to “wear a machine to sleep”. Depending on your results this may be the best option to start with, and along with lifestyle changes can hopefully bring your results down to ultimately get off the machine.

Will I need surgery?

At times, the cause of the snoring or sleep apnea could be because there is some physical constriction of your nasal or oral airway. If this is the case, their may be a need for surgery to correct this. We work with great specialists in the area to help with this, and will be glad to give you a referral if its needed.

At Heidelberg Dentist we aim to improve your sleep not only for your oral heath but your general health. We always do follow ups to see what is working and what isn’t until you see a difference in your life.

Ultimately, research has proven that better sleep can add 10 years to your life, so you'll agree that fixing your sleep now is one of the wisest investments you can make in yourself.

Or you can book an appointment by calling us on (03) 9459 6300 during business hours

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