Close to one billion people across the world suffer from sleep apnea, or the temporary cessation of breathing while asleep. The condition is characterized by a pause in breathing that can last for ten seconds or longer.
Obstructive sleep apnea is caused when the soft tissue located at the back of the throat collapses and closes the airway. The brain alerts the person to briefly wake up during every episode of sleep apnea so that he or she can continue to breathe. Frequent episodes result in sleep fragmentation and poor quality of sleep. On average, a person with obstructive sleep apnea can have up to 400 apneas every night!
All forms of sleep apnea result in impaired and fragmented sleep, leading to a variety of health complications.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
Chronic sleep deprivation may be the first indicator of sleep apnea. Other symptoms can include snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness and difficulty concentrating, irritability, learning difficulties, memory problems, depression, and falling asleep while driving or working.
The consequences of untreated sleep apnea can include hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, stroke, heart failure, weight gain, or headaches.
Who can diagnose sleep apnea?
Although I was trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, I can not to diagnose it. Sleep apnea can only be diagnosed by a qualified medical professional. After you get your test score and diagnosis, I’ll be glad to work with you.
Myofunctional Therapy for Sleep Apnea
Myofunctional therapy is a set of exercises designed to build strength in the oral and throat muscles. It has been proven to be highly beneficial in improving sleep apnea. Strong and toned muscles keep the airway less collapsible. My customized myofunctional therapies are focused on developing the muscles of the throat, tongue, and mouth that help keep the airway open during sleep.
All my programs are available online and can be accessed from any location.