Think of sleep therapy as an alternative to medication or other methods of improving your sleep. If you’re constantly tired, struggling to fall or stay asleep, your breathing may be to blame. If that’s the case, sleep therapy may be the right way for you to get more, quality rest and become healthier overall. Curious about sleep therapy and the benefits it can get you? Read more below.
What Exactly Is Sleep Therapy?
With sleep therapy, we take a more comprehensive view of your health than simply prescribing you medicine to help you improve your sleep. Problems sleeping often have underlying causes, such as a breathing disorder, that can be addressed to improve your sleep without needing to take medication.
The goal is to find out all of the potential contributors to your sleep problems. This might include sleep disorders, breathing disorders, chronic health conditions, stresses, and other lifestyle reasons. We look at all of these factors and also do physical tests, like a 3D scan of your head and neck, measurements of your mouth, and more. The goal is to find out the unique reasons you’re struggling.
When it is done right, sleep therapy is about empowering you and your health decisions. We’re here to help you get to the root of your sleeping issues and to support you in deciding what to do about them. Sometimes, it’s as simple as teaching you how to breathe through your nose.
What Are Some Signs I Need Sleep Therapy?
If you have a sleep disorder, or just have trouble sleeping, then you could use sleep therapy. But, how do you know if you have a sleep disorder? Here are some signs:
- Inability to stay asleep
- Headaches and migraines
- Poor memory
- Teeth grinding
- Lack of concentration
Many of these symptoms relate to sleep-related breathing disorders, which prevent proper breathing during sleep. These conditions have been linked to many other chronic health conditions that you may be experiencing, such as anxiety, depression, cardiovascular diseases, fertility and reproductive issues, obesity, Alzheimer’s and more.
What Is A Sleep Consultation Like?
When you first see us for sleep therapy, what will happen? Our knowledgeable and thoughtful staff will ask you questions to find out what’s going on in your life that may be influencing your sleep and sleeping habits. The questions may surprise you. How well do you sleep at night? How quickly can you fall asleep? Do you wake up multiple times a night and if yes, what are the reasons?
We’ll talk to you about different strategies and procedures that you can do in order to improve your sleep. Everything from nutrition to dental surgeries may be part of your plan to improve your sleep. With roots in dentistry, we are capable of doing several different therapies to address underlying issues you may have.
You might need a tongue-tie or lip-tie release procedure, an upper jaw expansion, or to visit a sleep physician for other help. Whatever you decide to do with the information we reveal in a sleep consultation, we’ll support you.
Ready to get more rest and better sleep? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Turner today.
This post originally appeared on the Bloom Sleep and Airway Blog.