Star wars may be trending but wearing a gas mask to bed is never in style!
Newer dental technology can make sleep apnea treatment, the CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure), a relic of a long, long time ago, and we can keep it out this galaxy and the bedroom forever.
New scientific breakthroughs have indicated that sleep apnea, once blamed on a fat neck or a big tongue is actually preventable, and possibly even curable. This makes a lot of sense, since I am seeing more young and thin patients these days that have moderate sleep apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea, (OSA) is a condition where the person actually stops breathing during sleep. Most sufferers don’t wake up gasping for air, they only get “aroused” out of deeper “restorative sleep” by their own brains sounding the alarm that oxygen levels are too low. This interruption of sleep can happen over and over, as many as 60 times an hour in more severe cases. Symptoms are subtle, but chronic interrupted sleep creates heath issues, as the body needs deep sleep to maintain health.
This strange disease is actually caused by a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D, known as the sunshine vitamin, is actually a hormone we make on our skin from UVB radiation from the sun. Since 90% of Americans are D deficient, this is happening everywhere. Milk, dietary sources, and multivitamins do not contain therapeutic levels of this misunderstood hormone.
Our brains need higher levels of vitamin D to coordinate paralysis in sleep, if our levels are low, some part of the airway may become too relaxed, signaling to the brain to wake up!
By keeping your vitamin D levels high through supplementation and safe sun exposure all year long, we can prevent poor sleep from progressing into a more sinister villain that requires a gas mask to cure!
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