Sleep Apnea: Myths Versus Facts

mythsfactsscaleHow much have you really figured out when it comes to your sleep disorder? Are you certain about why we suggest sleep apnea treatment for you? Perhaps you are hearing a variety of stories from your friends and have been trying to figure out what’s true and what isn’t. The good news is that we can clear confusion up for you during a dental visit. However, to get your facts in line for the time being, we encourage you to take a look through some common myths associated with sleep apnea (while you learn the facts).

Myths Versus Facts

Myth: As long as you can find a way to boost energy in the morning, you don’t need to worry about the effects of sleep apnea, such as exhaustion.

Fact: Actually, sleep apnea deprives you of sleep and rest, which will leave your brain and body in an increasing state of fatigue. Though coffee might give you a quick burst of energy, this type of sleep loss is dangerous and can even lead to health problems. You will need treatment.

Myth: Sleep apnea treatment will help you sleep through the night but you are going to need to seek additional treatment to alleviate side effects like headaches and fatigue.

Fact: The sole goal of treatment is to ensure you sleep through the night. The reason you are experiencing symptoms of the sleep disorder is completely due to the fact that you stop breathing throughout the night, wake up, and the cycle continues. Fortunately, correcting sleep with treatment will alleviate all associated symptoms.

Myth: As long as you sleep for multiples of three hours (such as for three hours, six hours, etc.) then you will feel rested and energized. The seven to nine hours suggestion is just an old wives’ tail.

Fact: The multiples of three hours are not correct. You do need approximately seven to nine hours of sleep every night – uninterrupted sleep, that is. Protect your general health by visiting us for sleep apnea treatment.