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Sleep Well This Summer Tackling Your Sleep Apnea

June 18, 2014

With summer knocking on your door, everyone is getting ready to enjoy the summer sun as much as possible. Some may prepare for summer by buying the right food for the barbeque, other may be visiting the gym more often to get their bodies ready for the beach, but either way, summer is known for being a platform to creating lasting memories and endless amounts of fun. The most important thing in being able to enjoy your summer is making sure you have a restful night’s sleep. Many people suffer from sleep apnea without knowing it, and it is important to be able to recognize signs of the disorder in order to handle it correctly. Dr. Gary Radz wants his patients to be as informed as possible, being able to recognize the signs and symptoms that sleep apnea encompasses.
The most common form of sleep apnea is OSA, or obstructive sleep apnea. The word “apnea” literally means “without breath”, so when you sleep, your body’s breathing becomes interrupted for up to 10 seconds. Because this pause can happen several times in a single night, your body is left feeling more tired than it did when you went to bed. If you suffer from OSA, when you sleep, the soft palate in your mouth relaxes and collapses, causing your airway to become obstructed and narrower. This may cause you to snore excessively and loudly throughout the night, have short breaths, as well as other symptoms.
There are many side effects associated with sleep apnea, and none of them should be taken lightly. The effects include sudden death, increased nocturnal urination, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, and many, many more frightening health issues. If you feel as though you or your partner suffers from sleep apnea, make an appointment with Dr. Radz as soon as possible, and we can create a treatment plan just you.
Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Radz and our experienced, compassionate team today. We look forward to showing you what a difference sleep apnea therapy can make in your daily life. Our conveniently located office proudly serves patients from throughout Denver, as well as the surrounding areas of Aurora, Englewood, Lakewood, Greenwood Village, Centennial, and more.

Tips for a Good Night’s Rest

March 26, 2014

Filed under: Sleep — Tags: , , , , , , , , — cosleepap @ 12:38 pm

restful sleepWe spend a lot time on our blog talking about sleep apnea and snoring and how they’re treated. But not everyone who has trouble sleeping at night struggles with sleep apnea or snoring. Some patients could simply benefit from following a few of these tips for getting a better night’s rest.
First, pay attention to the foods or drinks you’re consuming before bedtime. Eating too much or not enough can affect your quality of sleep, as can drinking caffeine or alcohol. Even just drinking too much water can stand in the way of truly restful sleep.
Having a pre-bedtime routine and going to bed at the same time every night can also help. Maybe you like to take a bad or shower before bed, or you enjoy a soothing cup of chamomile tea. Whatever it is, a routine will help your brain recognize that it’s time for bed. Meanwhile, your sleep schedule will help you get a consistent amount of sleep each night.
Just as important, make sure your room is dark enough to trigger the brain’s release of melatonin, the hormone that helps us sleep. And it will help to invest in pillows and a mattress that you’re truly comfortable on. A lumpy pillow or a mattress that’s not supportive enough will make it difficult to get comfortable and could lead to soreness in the morning.
Have you tried following these steps, but you still can’t seem to sleep well at night. Talk to Dr. Radz of Denver. During your appointment, he can ask you questions about your quality of sleep and whether you struggle with any sleep apnea symptoms. He can also schedule a sleep test for you that will help us determine if you need care for sleep apnea.
We’re happy to serve patients from Denver, Englewood, Aurora, Lakewood, Greenwood Village, Centennial, and nearby areas.