What is Sleep Apnea?
No, it’s not a new illness, but a sleep disorder millions of people suffer from every night, not to mention their sleep partners who must listen to the snoring caused by the sleep disorder.
Sleep Apnea occurs when breathing pauses, breathing becomes very shallow while sleep and airflow are interrupted when the throat muscles relax which causes breathing to stop, obstructing airflow. In most cases the sleeper is unaware of the chain of events during an episode of sleep apnea. In most instances, the sleeper will gasp or inhale suddenly which is just enough awareness to tighten the throat muscles and continue through their nights sleep. Unfortunately, the sleeper is not receiving restorative sleep needed to be mentally sharp, energetic and productive the following day. Depending on the seriousness of the disorder, the oxygen level in the red blood cells drops too low affecting the cognitive thinking needed when driving an automobile, working on machinery and making decisive decisions.
- Age – risk increases with age
- Male gender more likely than women
- Alcohol uses and sleep enhancer drugs
- Existing breathing obstructive issues
- Neck size 17”+ for men and 16”+ for women
- Hereditary factory
What can be done to assist a person in getting a good nights sleep?
There are sleep specialists and one of the masters in disruptive sleep breathing is Dr. Avi Weisfogel, an authority on sleep disorders. Dr. Weisfogel earned his BA in biology and psychology from Rutgers University and his DDS from the New York University of Dentistry. His in-depth interest in sleep disorders led him to continue his studies in disruptive sleep and as a result, he founded the firm Dental Sleep Masters. Here Dr. Weisfogel trains other dentists to recognize patients who may have Sleep Apnea, and assist those patients in locating a treatment for their disorder.
Dr. Weisfogel has studied the results of Sleep Apnea and the intelligent mental state people struggle with when disruptive sleep affects their livelihood and working with little restorative sleep each night. Ability to function can become impaired due to lack of oxygen supplied to the red blood cells during sleep. Dr. Weisfogel has assisted many dentists in identifying this disorder in their patients and in turn thousands of patients have been helped to improve their sleep habits and overcome sleep disorders, and have possibly saved many marriages. Follow Avi on Facebook, Twitter, and Vimeo to get a glimpse into his personal life. We’ve even posted his favorite video below!