Alcohol & Sleep: What You Should Know If You Have TMD Or Sleep Apnea

Do you like to unwind at night with a cocktail or two? Is Friday happy hour with your friends or colleagues a regular occurrence? Does your social life include activities where alcohol is a given? Consuming alcohol, especially in the evenings, does not promote restful sleep, and people dealing with temporomandibular disorder (TMD) or sleep apnea need to be aware of the potential effects this can have on their health. If you have either of these conditions and enjoy an alcoholic drink or two in the evenings, even occasionally, please keep reading to learn valuable information that will help you get better sleep.

Do You Suffer From Sleep Apnea?

Have you been struggling with your sleep and would love to have quality sleep? Have your family members mentioned that you snore, but you have no idea how to fix the problem? If either of these questions sound like you, you may be suffering from a common sleep condition known as sleep apnea. At TMJ & Sleep Solutions NW, we specialize in treating patients with sleep apnea. We can work with patients to provide an official diagnosis and then create a treatment plan based on their needs.

3 Tips For Keeping Sleep Apnea Under Control During The Holidays

Halloween has come and gone, November is here, and before you know it, the holiday season will be upon us. If you suffer from sleep apnea and are currently receiving treatment, it is important to continue with your treatment plan and scheduled appointments during this busy time. It would be a shame to let your holiday celebrations and activities sabotage your progress. Read on to learn more about what you can do to keep your sleep apnea under control during the holidays.

How To Reduce Stress This Fall

With the arrival of October, we know that the next few months are going to be filled with plenty of extra events and responsibilities. It is a time filled with joy and excitement, but it can also cause a lot of problems with stress. If you have a full plate of responsibilities, adding more can be daunting, not to mention the added expenses that come with this time of year as well. Even the most calm and relaxed person can feel overwhelmed. If you suffer from sleep apnea, stress can really impact your treatment. We want to share the importance of staying calm, cool, and collected during the upcoming holiday season.

Link Between Sleep Apnea And Dental Health

At the Center for TMJ & Sleep Apnea Solutions NW, we are passionate about helping patients who struggle with sleep apnea. If you are unfamiliar, sleep apnea is a serious condition where your breathing is affected while you sleep. It is not uncommon for those who suffer to stop breathing for short periods of time during sleep. We often speak of the importance of treating sleep apnea and how failure to follow through with treatment can lead to serious complications with your overall health. You may be surprised to learn that sleep apnea coupled with not getting enough quality sleep each night can negatively affect your oral health.

3 Habits That Make Sleep Apnea Worse

Last month, we sent an email about habits that may be affecting your TMD symptoms and treatment. Since we treat patients with sleep apnea and TMD, this month we want to share some habits that can affect your sleep apnea. Some of them may surprise you, and you may be doing them without realizing that they can lead to problems. Read on to learn if you need to break these habits.

Can Sleep Apnea Affect Your Mood?

For years, we have spoken about the negative impact sleep apnea can have on your overall health. Can sleep apnea also have an effect on your mood? The answer is an absolute yes. Patients who suffer from sleep apnea and are not receiving treatment do not get quality sleep at night. Your body needs adequate sleep to function properly every day. Think of a baby or toddler you may know. How is their mood when they do not get a nap during the day or if their sleep is interrupted? They are cranky, irritable, and difficult to calm down. While adults may not behave as poorly as children when they’re tired, their moods can be rather similar.