Your oral appliance works hard to help alleviate your TMD or sleep apnea systems. We understand it’s easy to forget about it once you take it out of your mouth, so we like to remind our patients every now and then about how to keep your appliance clean and in good condition. This will help extend the life of this important aid in your TMD or sleep apnea treatment. Read the tips below on how to care for your oral appliance.
You probably know that drinking alcohol has an effect on your quality of sleep, but did you know that for sleep apnea patients, it can make symptoms worse? It’s been shown that moderate and heavy drinking can trigger obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), even in people who haven’t yet been diagnosed with the sleep disorder. What can you do about your alcohol consumption and sleep apnea?
Did you know your new year resolution for weight loss should include more sleep? We tend to think that working out or counting calories is the trick to shedding those extra pounds, but studies show that sleep is just as important to your waistline. So how does sleep affect weight?
On occasion, you might not sleep well due to stress, illness, or eating or drinking too much before bedtime. Hopefully, this only lasts one or two nights before you’re back to your normal, quality sleep. Those who suffer from poor sleep consistently or have a true sleeping disorder, however, aren’t able to achieve quality rest for a long period of time. They go through their days with low energy, feeling constantly tired and this can affect their overall mood, health and relationships.