Sleeping soundly is easier said than done for some patients. If you suffer from sleep apnea or other common sleep disorders, it may seem like no matter how long you sleep you never feel rested. Patients who suffer from disordered sleep often struggle to get to sleep and stay asleep or fail to achieve the deep sleep their bodies need to rejuvenate. In this post, the Medico M.D. team offers some suggestions to help patients improve their quantity and quality of sleep.
1. Go to Sleep at the Same Time
The easiest way to improve sleep is to establish a routine. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day for several weeks. Even if you’re not sleeping the entire time, stay in bed, and even if you’re tired at the end of the scheduled time, get up. This can be frustrating for patients who have insomnia, but consistency will help your body reset and allow you to sleep soundly.
2. Recognize Signs of Disordered Sleep
The most common sleep disorders are insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea. These disorders need to be diagnosed with a sleep test that will monitor your vitals during the night measuring the length of your sleep, incidents of apnea (the cessation of breathing), and other factors that impact the quality of sleep. Following a sleep study, a trusted sleep physician will review your results and provide a recommendation for ongoing treatment. You should let our team know right away, if you recognize any of the common warning signs of sleep disorders, including:
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Waking periodically through the night
- Waking out of breath or gasping for air
- Chronic morning headaches
- Waking with dry mouth or hoarse throat
3. Follow Your Treatment Plan Consistently
Once you receive a treatment plan from the Medico M.D. team, whether it’s an oral appliance, CPAP system, or sleep supplement, make sure to consistently follow your treatment plan. The effects of sleep deprivation are cumulative, and so are positive health affects you receive from deep sleep. In order to achieve the desired results, you need to accumulate the positive effects of sleep, so it’s important to continue following your sleep therapy each day. This will allow you to achieve more and better sleep, and rejuvenate your body, even if you don’t see results immediately.
Let Medico M.D. Help you Sleep Better
At Medico M.D., we are happy to offer diagnosis and treatment for patients suffering from a variety of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea. If you need help sleeping better, cal our team to schedule a complimentary sleep consultation. At no obligation to you, we’ll evaluate your symptoms and help you determine whether or not you should move forward with sleep testing. To ensure your convenience, we have 18 dental office locations in the DFW Metroplex, Waco, and San Antonio. Our dentists and medical doctors look forward to helping you improve your quality and quantity of sleep.