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The Columbus Sleep Center Blog

Can Sleep Apnea Struggles Lead to Depression? The Answer Inside

October 15, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — columbussleepcenter @ 6:00 pm

Sleep apnea, the temporary but frequent loss of breath while sleeping, is a prevalent issue in America, as over 22 million people suffer from some form of the condition. The most common type, though, is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). As you continue reading, you’ll learn what the condition entails and how researchers have found a possible link between it and depression. In addition, you’ll discover what can be done to treat sleep apnea in Columbus. <!—more--> OSA Explained In general, OSA refers to a partial blockage of the airway while sleeping that inhibits the natural flow of oxygen. One of the most common warning signs of this problem is loud snoring, as the relaxed throat muscles vibrate violently as air attempts to pass through. Here are some of the possible contributors: •	Weight gain •	Enlarged tongue •	Jaw malformation •	Floppy throat muscles •	Enlarged tonsils and adenoids Not only does OSA interrupt sleep and leave patients feeling lethargic at the start of a new day, but it can also lead to depression. How OSA and Depression are Connected It’s not farfetched that a lack of proper sleep can lead to depression given that your body works on a system of cycles, which is called the circadian rhythm. When your sleep is interrupted and your brain and body aren’t afforded the opportunity to repair themselves through sleep, one of the natural responses is to sink into a depressed state. This is supported by findings reported in the medical journal Sleep, which states that insomnia related to OSA has a direct connection to depression. More evidence is provided in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, which reports the results of a recent study where 46% of the test group with sleep apnea also showed signs of depression. Is There Any Help Available?  You’re not doomed to live with depression related to OSA because there is help available. Here are two of the most common treatment methods: •	CPAP Machine – The most recognized way to treat sleep apnea, the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine consists of a base unit, tube and mask that work together to force air into the throat during the sleep cycle. •	Custom Oral Appliance – For eligible patients, the most convenient option is for a sleep dentist to custom-design an oral appliance, which comfortably shifts the jaw forward to keep the airway open while sleeping. While treating depression can be challenging, it’s helpful to be aware of any potential outliers that could be contributing to the problem. With the available methods of treating OSA, a new avenue of possibilities has opened to help patients overcome depression as well. If you suspect you’re suffering from OSA, then the first step is to undergo a sleep study to get an accurate diagnosis. Then, reach out to a local sleep dentist to get the help you need. With proper rest and the right treatment protocol, you can boost your mental and physical health! About the Author A graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, Dr. Eric Buck specializes in treating sleep apnea. To stay abreast of the latest breakthroughs and to further broaden his knowledge, he maintains professional affiliation with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Buck helps patients rest better at The Columbus Sleep Center, and he can be reached for more information through his website. Sleep apnea, the temporary but frequent loss of breath while sleeping, is a prevalent issue in America, as over 22 million people suffer from some form of the condition. The most common type, though, is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). As you continue reading, you’ll learn what the condition entails and how researchers have found a possible link between it and depression. In addition, you’ll discover what can be done to treat sleep apnea in Columbus.

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How Treating Sleep Apnea Can Protect Your Heart

September 20, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — columbussleepcenter @ 9:55 pm

Illustration of heartDid you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women across the country? Indeed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease accounts for 1 out of every 4 deaths in the United States each year. Key risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. However, there is another risk factor that many people do not realize: obstructive sleep apnea. In today’s blog, we unpack the connection between heart health and sleep apnea in Columbus. (more…)

Sleep – Here’s Why Each of Its Stages is Critical to Your Health!

August 15, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — columbussleepcenter @ 8:07 pm

young woman sleeping peacefullyFor thousands of years, mankind has been aware that sleep is an important part of maintaining excellent health. Unfortunately, though, millions of Americans are missing out on the vital rest they need due to sleep apnea. The problem is compounded because each stage of sleep plays a key role in the overall quality of your rest. As you read on, learn about the threat of sleep apnea in Columbus and why it’s important to receive the proper type of rest at night.

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The Link Between TMJ Disorder and Sleep Apnea in Columbus

July 31, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — columbussleepcenter @ 7:28 pm

Tired woman in bed at nightAccording to the American Sleep Apnea Association, 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. While the TMJ jaw disorder is a vastly different condition, the two are surprisingly connected. If you suffer from either disorder, it’s important to know what additional health risks they bring. Learn how sleep apnea in Columbus is linked to TMJ disorder and how you can treat your medical issues.

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The Danger of Not Treating Sleep Apnea in Columbus

April 15, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — columbussleepcenter @ 1:42 am

woman upset with man snoringIf you’ve been told you snore loudly at night, then there’s a chance you could be suffering from sleep apnea in Columbus. Is it important to have it treated, though? A local dentist says it definitely is, because ignoring the condition could lead to some serious problems. Learn about them and what can be done to treat sleep apnea as you continue reading.

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