Your Life Without Sleep
How well do you function after one night of tossing and turning? With sleep apnea, a person will wake up several times throughout the night, every night. This constant disturbance of sleep leads to fatigue and difficulty concentrating, which can keep you from living your life to the fullest.
Sleep Apnea and Your Brain
Sleep apnea causes the airway to be blocked during sleep, resulting in snoring and pauses in breathing. When you stop breathing, your brain will trigger your body to wake up to resume normal breathing.
When you wake up often, your ability to enter REM sleep is disturbed. All stages of sleep are important, but during REM sleep the brain is highly active and performs important functions such as processing memories.
Sleep Apnea and Mental Health
Mental health disorders can be the result of a combination of factors, but research has linked a lack of REM sleep to an imbalance of emotion-regulating chemicals in the brain. Constant sleep interruption puts people at a higher risk of mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. If you have sleep apnea and a mental health disorder at the same time, the effects of both may be intensified.
The good news is, with treatment for sleep apnea many conditions associated with it improve too. Since 2013, Dr. Chiarana Iregui has devoted herself to finding solutions for treating sleep apnea, establishing Soundbridge Dental Arts and Sleep Therapy for that purpose.
Contact Us for Sleep Solutions
Dr. Iregui offers a variety of specialized treatments to fit your lifestyle and needs. If you believe your symptoms could be the result of sleep apnea, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with your physician. Once you have undergone a sleep study and have a diagnosis of sleep apnea, Dr. Iregui will be happy to develop a treatment plan so you can sleep soundly.
If your mental health still concerns you after receiving treatment for sleep apnea, please ask your physician for a therapist recommendation for specialized treatment.
Contact us to regain control of your life with better sleep.