March Sleep Awareness Month: Sleep Deprivation is the Not-So-Silent Epidemic

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iHateSnoringMD explains why 50 million sleep deprived Americans suffer from an undiagnosed or untreated sleep disorder.

The problem is a lot of people won’t even attempt to get diagnosed.

The eye-opening facts about sleep deprivation will keep one up all night. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported it’s a public health epidemic. Often caused by an undiagnosed sleep disorder, Dr. David Pinsky of iHateSnoringMD says insufficient sleep can lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, obesity and worse. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says drowsy driving is responsible for at least 100,000 crashes and 1,550 fatalities a year. Sleep deprivation isn’t something one can make up in a weekend and most undiagnosed sufferers depend on coffee, espresso and energy drinks to get through the day instead seeking treatment.

There are more than 80 different sleep disorders but one of the most common and deadly is sleep apnea. It affects more than 18 million Americans, an estimated 10 million people live with it undiagnosed. When left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to a myriad of health issues including stroke, heart failure, hypertension, diabetes, gastroesophageal reflux disease or neurocognitive difficulties. Even more alarming, a study has found that people suffering from severe sleep apnea may be up to three times more likely to die prematurely. The risk increases tremendously when the disorder is not treated properly.

“The problem is a lot of people won’t even attempt to get diagnosed. They may know they have all the signs of sleep apnea, but they won’t get tested,” says Dr. Pinsky. Instead, they lurch from coffee to espresso to energy drinks to try and make it through the day.

Some people avoid getting tested for sleep apnea, because they don’t feel like spending the night in a sleep clinic is convenient. Others will avoid a diagnosis, because they know the treatment is usually a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) mask device. Many patients will not comply with the treatment, as many complain that the CPAP causes nasal congestion, nose and throat dryness, makes them feel claustrophobic and causes general discomfort which makes getting a good night’s sleep that much more of a challenge. The negative effects lead to inconsistent use of the device, which makes the sufferer susceptible to the the health risks associated with the disorder.

“We want to create convenience and comfort in our patients’ lives. We offer easy in-home sleep studies so sleep apnea sufferers can get tested from the comfort of their own home. On top of that, if a person is diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, we can provide an alternative to the CPAP,” Dr. Pinsky adds.

Dr. Pinsky and his team at iHateSnoringMD can prescribe many patients with a revolutionary treatment solution for sleep apnea in the form of a non-invasive oral appliance. While the CPAP fits like a mask on the person’s nose and mouth, the oral appliance is similar to a retainer and it is personally designed for each patient’s mouth. The purpose of the oral appliance is to open the individual’s bite over time by bringing the lower jaw forward. This keeps the individual’s airway open, providing them with an uninterrupted, snore-free sleep.

Studies have proven that oral appliances are just as effective as the CPAP in treating mild to moderate sleep apnea. iHateSnoringMD’s oral devices solve all the problems caused by the CPAP and provide sleep apnea sufferers with a non-surgical, non-invasive and effective solution.

About iHateSnoringMD:
iHateSnoringMD offers a unique, innovative, and effective sleep disorder treatment to residents of Rockville, MD and surrounding areas. They offer complimentary consultations to determine candidate eligibility for our programs. They also provide more comfortable alternatives for those with CPAP intolerance that’s worn like a retainer and is easy to get used to. Combining use of their state-of-the-art oral appliance with postural correction methods, iHateSnoringMD can help those who are sleep deprived finally get the rest sleep apnea has prevented.

Visit iHateSnoring.Center for more information.

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