Smart Sleep Tip 2: What To Do If You or Your Partner Are Snoring Often


Hi, I’m Dr. Lydia Sosenko, a general dentist, who loves to help people with their snoring and apnea problems. Today’s smart sleep tip involves what to do if you or your bed partner is snoring often. Knowing that it might be more serious, it’s important to find out and have the snoring evaluated.  It may be something more serious like obstructive sleep apnea, rather than just mild snoring.

One of the first places to start when evaluating your snoring for potential treatment is talk to a health care professional, somebody trained in sleep medicine. It’s also important to know that he/she might recommend a sleep test to evaluate your snoring. If that happens, I urge you to listen to my very informative audio podcast After Your Sleep Test: The 5 Questions You Must Ask!   It could save your life! For more information on snoring and apnea visit www.tiredofsnoring.com.

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1 more reason to treat your sleep apnea “dentally” – today!

A recent study from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, found a link between untreated sleep apnea and cancer. Those with untreated sleep apnea are 4.8% more likely to die from cancer than those without sleep apnea or sleep disordered breathing.

For years, we have know that Obstructive sleep apnea is a life threatening and life altering condition that causes a person to stop breathing repeatedly during sleep. The oxygen deprivation that results can trigger severe health problems. The restless sleep that also results from Obstructive Sleep Apnea affects the quality of life of individuals. The bed partner’s sleep can also be disrupted by his or her partner’s snoring, pauses in breathing and restless sleep.

What happens if Obstructive Sleep Apnea is not treated?

People with Obstructive Sleep Apnea have disrupted sleep resulting in low oxygen levels. Both awakenings and oxygen deprivation can trigger severe health problems and decrease quality of life due to Obstructive Sleep Apnea’s links with:

  • Chronic sleepiness (Excessive Daytime Sleepiness-EDS).
  • Increased Motor Vehicle Accidents (People with Obstructive Sleep Apnea have three times a higher automobile accident or work-related accident than those in the general public).
  • Increased work-related accidents.
  • Poor job performance.
  • Depression.
  • Family discord (Loud snoring also disrupts the bed partner’s sleep causing frustration and anger in their relationship.)
  • Decreased quality of life.
  • Strokes.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Decreased sex drive.
  • Nocturia (a need to use bathroom frequently at night).
  • Morning headache.
  • Systemic Hypertension
  • Cardiac Arythmias
  • Myocardial Ischemia
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Pulmonary Hypertension

And now Cancer is added to the list of health consequences of untreated sleep apnea.

If wearing a CPAP is stopping you from seeking treatment, you do have other options. Dr. Lydia Sosenko of Dental Sleep and TMD center of Illinois effectively and efficiently has treated sleep apnea and snoring patients with Oral Appliance Therapy. To schedule your appointment for an oral appliance consultation, all our office, 630 369-5508 or 1-800-SNORING.

Please, don’t wait another day to get the sleep you need to stay healthy for life!

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!

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