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How To Deal With Sleep Problems

I was chatting with my cousins last week while they were over for dinner. The mentioned that they both were having a hard time sleeping recently. One of my cousins just recently had a child, so that’s to be expected. Kids do a number on your sleep schedule no matter how diligent you are. The other one is getting a bit older but there’s no real reason he should be having sleep problems. He mentioned that he wanted to see a professional about it but was scared to go to the doctor. He just felt like seeing a doctor would be a waste of time because he couldn’t point to anything in his life that was causing sleep issues. I empathized with him, and I wanted to help. We spent some time searching the web together and found out about Silent Night Therapy. The doctors at Silent Night Therapy actually specialize in sleep-related problems. Based out of New York, they help people diagnose and treat their sleep problems every day.

The first thing that the doctors can do for patients is try to diagnose the issue. My cousin was suspicious that a doctor would be able to pinpoint the problem, but medical professionals see the importance in things that we may not. A doctor will review your medical history as well as any conditions that run in the family. They will also send you home with a take-home sleep apnea test. Another nice thing that these doctors do is go over your insurance plan with you. Some sleep professionals aren’t covered by standard insurances. They will make sure that you’ll be able to afford treatment with them before you decide to proceed.

After you complete the take-home sleep apnea test, a doctor will review the results and give options for going forward. If you do indeed have sleep apnea, most patients choose an oral fixture to help them get healthy amounts of sleep. If you don’t, a doctor will recommend lots of best practices to help get you sleeping again.

Even if you don’t have a medical condition, there may be some nights where you’re having lots of trouble falling asleep. Things like stress, drinking, and lifestyle changes can cause us to feel restless when it’s bedtime. I want to outline some of the practices that these doctors employ in their own lives when they’re having a hard time getting to sleep. One thing that they recommend is skipping naps. Although naps may be tempting after a long night or a very busy morning, they will come back to haunt you in the evening. Naps disrupt the sleep drive and make it harder to get into a healthy sleep routine. Another tip is picturing words. Counting sheep is the old trick that our parents taught us, but picturing words can help relax us even more. Select a random word as you inhale, and picture it in your mind through an exhale. These tricks will do wonders for anymore trying to get into a healthy sleep rhythm.

Confessions of sleep apnea

I have a confession, folks: I snore. Now, that’s no surprise to my wife or my kids, who, bless them, have had to listen to a chainsaw running all night long for who knows how many nights o their lives, but it is a sort of embarrassing confession to make to the wider world.

Snoring is always such a comical and unpleasant quality. We laugh at it in movies, and we sympathize with the fellow sleepers who eventually smack the guilty party with pillows until they wake up and leave the room.

That’s exactly what happened to me. Or, not the pillow beatings, but I was exiled from the bedroom. For years, my wife and I slept separately on most nights, and the culprit was my snoring.

That’s an even harder confession. It makes my marriage sound like it’s some platonic ‘50s sitcom relationship. It’s never been that, I assure you, but it’s hard to write such words knowing people, somewhere are scoffing and making jokes.

So, why am I writing this? Because, I finally worked up the courage to tell somebody about my problem—a doctor—and that doctor told me that I wasn’t just the dunce in a comedy film who annoyed his family, I actually had a problem, and I could get it fixed.

The long and short of it is, I have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when you stop breathing while you’re asleep. That can be as serious as it sounds. Luckily, I’m not a serious case at the moment, and doubly luckily, there are things to be done to help. My doctor sent me to some sleep apnea specialists who were able to hook me up with a device that keeps me from apnea-ing, or whatever the verb is there.

Look, amazingly, I’m feeling better and doing better almost instantaneously. I feel healthier, and I think I’m losing weight. Maybe that’s just my imagination, but I feel like I’m getting back to the man I used to be.

It’s nice to know I won’t have to get kicked out of bed anymore and my kids can sleep when we share a hotel room on vacation. It’s just, it’s miraculous.

So, again, why am I writing this? I’m revealing all of this personal information to the world just in case someone out there reading this has the same troubles.

It’s not the worst kind of suffering in the world, but it is tough on a family when someone has a severe case of sleep apnea like I did. If you’ve got problems with snoring, get up the gumption to tell your doctor. Stop putting it off. It isn’t that embarrassing.

Trust me, the results prove it was worth it. I wish I’d looked into this years ago. Life is so much better now I am getting a good night’s sleep every night. I’m sure my wife would say the same thing.