6 Easy Tips to Avoid Jet Lag and Enjoy Your Summer Vacation!

  1. Alter your sleep schedule prior to your trip. Calculate the time difference you are traveling to: 1, 2, 6 hour time change? Alter your sleep schedule to fit the time zone you are traveling to at least a few days in advance.
  2.  Pack your oral appliance with you in your carry-on. If your flight is overnight, or you plan to snooze in air, wear your appliance. Not only will you feel better, your fellow travelers will appreciate a snore-free flight.**
  3. Stay Hydrated.  The day prior to and on the day of your flight drink plenty of water and fluids, 8 oz. of fluid for each hour of flight.
  4. Change your electronics to the correct time zone the day of your trip.   Include your watch, phone, computer and any electronics you carry.
  5. Get out in the sun! Even if your body wants to sleep, get out in the sunlight. The sun will help your body “wake up” and get on the new time zone schedule.

**If you currently use a CPAP-machine to treat your sleep apnea and snoring, consider an oral appliance for travel.  Consult with Dr. Sosenko or visit our website TiredofSnoring.com to determine if an oral appliance would hellp you enjoy the vacation of your dreams. Be prepared for your best trip ever!

Too Tired for the Holidays? Too Tired for Life?

On Dec. 2, 2010, Dr. Sosenko first published this article in Glancer Magazine.  As our team at Dental Sleep and TMD Center of Illinois began setting up our office for the holidays, we remembered how many of our patients commented on being tired of the Holidays.  Here’s the recap:

The first question you need to answer is: How are you sleeping?

 Many individuals suffer from unexplained chronic fatigue symptoms including:

  • Chronic Sleepiness
  • Daytime Drowsiness
  • Depression
  • Poor Job Performance
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Morning Headaches
  • Nocturia

The other day a gentleman came in to my office with his sleep study. For over 5 years he had been subjected to unnecessary and inconclusive medical testing, he was finally asked by his physician if he slept well at night.  His answer? “Not really, I awaken frequently, and sometimes gasp for breath.” His physician recommended a sleep test.  The sleep test results were positive for moderate sleep apnea. He was prescribed a CPAP machine, and found his way to my office to be fitted for an oral appliance.

After years of suffering from symptoms of chronic fatigue, one test changed his life. A sleep test can change your life, too.

Untreated sleep apnea is a life-threatening medical condition which can cause high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, headaches and much more.  If you are snoring, or believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea, Please discuss your situation with your physician.

Dr. Sosenko is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and the founder of Dental Sleep Medicine of Illinois.  She offers snoring and apnea patient’s relief through professional oral appliance device therapy. Visit www.TiredofSnoring.com for more information.

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Be Thankful for a Good Nights Sleep!

Do you wake up every morning fully rested and ready to start your day?

If you answered yes, then you have many reasons to be thankful. Millions of Americans do not get the sleep they need; in fact, 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders.

The first signs of lack of sleep:

  • Irritability
  • Moodiness
  • Reduced Inhibition

Lack of sleep becomes more serious, when you are not able to catch these warning signs and get the rest you need.

A few signs of continued lack of sleep:

  • Lapse in attention
  • Dozing off during activity: work, reading and even driving
  • Impaired Memory
  • Apathy

You may notice yourself being forgetful, or irritable, but what you may not notice are the hidden signs.  These signs are life-threatening, including: hypertension and increased risk of strokes, weight-gain, erectile dysfunction and much more.

What can you do to help yourself get the sleep you need? Set a sleep pattern for yourself and get yourself into a regular sleep routine.  Start with the minimum of 7 hours for a consecutive week.  If you awake unrested, add 30 minutes each night until you notice your alertness return.

If you believe you may be suffering from a sleep disorder, please, consult with you physician and let him/her know your concerns.

Make changes today to give yourself a better day tomorrow. Call our office in Northern Illinois 1-800-SNORING OR 630 369-5508, or visit our website: http://www.tiredofsnoring.com/ for more information on how Dr. Sosenko  can help you get the sleep you need.

DENTAL SLEEP AND TMD CENTER OF ILLINOIS

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