OSA and Brain Chemical Changes

OSA is dangerous, and if you are constantly tired, have trouble staying awake at the wheel or have been accused of falling asleep during business meetings, you could be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

If you have been following Dr. Jack Ringers Blog, you will know that Dr. Ringer is a trained oral appliance therapist who understands that not all oral appliance therapy is right for every person. Most people are prescribed CPAP therapy, which unfortunately, doesn’t work for most people, as the machine is uncomfortable and often abandoned after a few months of use.

Also referred to as OSA, Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when breathing is disrupted while you sleep. OSA is more common in men, especially those who are overweight and people who have a large neck size. People over the age of 40 are more at risk for OSA as well. If left untreated, Obstructive Sleep Apnea can cause stroke and even heart failure.

Much research has been conducted for OSA and in previous studies; scientists have discovered structural brain changes in patients suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. In one of the most recent studies, there were differences in the two chemicals that influence your brain and how it works.

Those structural changes may also explain when some people with OSA develop symptoms that disrupt their everyday lives.

Moderate and severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea affects one out of every 15 adults. OSA can cause some people to experience 30 to 100 breathing interruptions every hour while sleeping.

If you have memory problems, are depressed, under stress, cannot concentrate or make decisions talk to your doctor. Add snoring or the inability to get a good night’s sleep to the list, and you could be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

OSA is serious and should be diagnosed as quickly as possible. Call your doctor today and if you are diagnosed, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ringer who can come up with the best oral appliance therapy device for your needs.

Call or click now and don’t forget to join us next week, as Dr. Ringer explains the structural brain changes that can occur in people who suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

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