Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling or staying asleep. It can be caused by many different factors, including stress, anxiety, medications, and health conditions.
People who have insomnia have trouble functioning during the day due to fatigue and lack of energy. They may also experience mood swings and problems with concentration and memory.
Restless Legs Syndrome
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder that causes an urge to move the legs, often accompanied by a burning or tingling sensation. The need to move often occurs during rest or inactivity and can cause difficulty sleeping.
People with RLS often have trouble staying asleep and may wake up frequently during the night. They may also experience daytime fatigue, irritability, and problems with concentration.
Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness. People who suffer from narcolepsy often fall asleep unexpectedly, even in the middle of activities. They may also experience sudden muscle weakness (called cataplexy), hallucinations, and problems with bladder control.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. These pauses can last for a few seconds or several minutes, and they can occur dozens of times per night. People who suffer from sleep apnea tend to snore heavily and have difficulty staying asleep. They may also feel exhausted during the day due to poor-quality sleep.
Do I Have a Sleep Disorder?
If you're constantly trying your best to get enough sleep but still find yourself feeling tired, there could be an underlying health condition causing your sleep problems, such as sleep apnea. Left untreated, it can lead to health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
But there's good news – many sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, can be treated with dental sleep medicine. At Smiles of Alaska, we offer custom-made oral appliances designed to keep your airway open while you sleep, preventing the pauses in breathing that characterize obstructive sleep apnea.
Schedule an appointment with us today to find out if dental sleep medicine is right for you by calling (907) 349-6466 or emailing us at email@example.com.