It’s Important to Get a Good Night’s Sleep | Manhattan Beach Dentist

sedation dentistryIt is always important to get a good night’s sleep in order to keep our health on the right track. Not only does it strengthen our immune system, but it also helps with memory loss, high blood pressure, heart disease and your weight. But as we get older it seems like finding the time to get that good night’s sleep seems impossible. Funny thing is, there are plenty of simple ways to change your lifestyle to account for the sleep you need.

Before bed:

Get some exercise. Physical activity is going to wear your body down so it is prepared to relax when you are.

Take a hot shower. A shower or bath relaxes your muscles, making it easier to sleep.

Avoid food, sugary drinks and alcohol. It is a good idea to limit these for the hours you are fully awake. Each has aspects that will not only make it difficult to fall asleep, but they can also disturb your REM sleep once you finally get there.

At bedtime:

Give yourself a bedtime. You are never too old to have a designated time to get to sleep. Keeping a schedule will not only give you an end of day, but it will also keep your body clock in check.

Become a bookworm. Sleeping with the TV on, or being in some other loud environment, leaves you susceptible to waking up throughout the night. Instead, bring a book and read yourself to sleep. You’re never too old for a good bedtime story.

If you have questions or concerns regarding sleep issues, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada DDS at 310-546-2595 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.anthonyyamadadds.com for additional information.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea | Manhattan Beach, CA

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. This occurs when there are repeated episodes of complete or partial blockage of the upper airway during sleep. While this occurs, the diaphragm and chest muscles work harder to open the obstructed airway and pull air into the lungs. This can reduce the flow of oxygen to vital organs and cause irregular heart rhythms.

Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea include:
Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
Dry Mouth or Sore Throat
Headaches in the morning
Night Sweats
Restlessness during sleep
Snoring

Sleep Apnea is more common in men than in woman. In order to diagnose sleep apnea, your doctor will perform a physical exam and take a medical and sleep history. The doctor may ask individuals who live with you about your sleeping habits. You may also be asked to perform a sleep test called a polysomnogram or PSG. This will be performed in a sleep lab and will be supervised by a trained technologist.

Once he study is completed and you have been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, you will be treated in a multitude of ways. You may consult with your dentist to try some dental techniques to help your airways at night.

For more information on how your dentist can help you with your sleep apnea, call Dr. Yamada in Manhattan Beach, CA at 310-546-2595 or visit www.anthonyyamadadds.com.

Dr. Yamada also proudly accepts patients from Manhattan Beach, Ranchos Palos Verdes, Los Angeles, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Torrance, Playa Del Rey, and surrounding areas.