Summer vacations with the family leave you with some of the best memories you’ll ever have. It’s such a special time to bond with the people you love most. That’s why you try to do all you can to plan a trip that’s as fun, relaxing, and stress-free as possible for everyone in the family to enjoy.
That requires a lot of work, but it’s worth it! You remember to shop for all the necessary essentials for your trip like shampoo, swimsuits, sunblock, and snacks. You knock out items and tasks on your checklist one by one until it’s finally time to depart.
But there’s one more thing you forgot to take care of amidst all that careful planning. You didn’t do anything about your loud snoring problem. You’ve been meaning to research methods for stopping and devices you can buy from a store that might help. But time ran out on you, and now you have to spend a week sharing a hotel room with your family.
How is everyone supposed to have a good time if your snoring keeps them up every night? And how are you supposed to have a good time when you know you’re the reason for it?
Don’t let your snoring ruin a perfectly wonderful family vacation. Make an appointment at Brar Dentistry to be tested for sleep apnea. With our help, you can get the relief you need so you and your family can have a restful vacation this summer!
The Sleep Apnea Roadmap: Know The Signs
Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially dangerous, sleep condition that can make you, and your sleep partner, miserable for all kinds of reasons. There are two main types of sleep apnea: central and obstructive sleep apnea.
Both are quite similar but essentially, it’s what causes the disruption in breathing that separates the two types. In either case, this is a condition where you stop breathing frequently throughout the night, which is one of the reasons you might experience chronic exhaustion during the day.
We’ve mentioned the loud snoring as one of the common symptoms. But it’s actually more than that. We’re talking about persistent loud snoring. It’s not that big a deal if you go a couple of nights snoring loudly. Anyone can do that from time to time.
If you snore loudly night after night after night, you might have sleep apnea. It comes with a variety of other symptoms, too:
-Chronic feelings of fatigue
-Depression and irritability
-Breathing through your mouth
-Dry mouth and dry throat
Studies show some correlation among sleep apnea sufferers that would suggest you’re more at risk if you’re a male, over the age of forty, and if you’re overweight. But sleep apnea, overall, does not discriminate and can affect anyone no matter age, gender, or weight.
While you can’t rely simply on self-diagnosis, especially for something as serious as sleep apnea, you can look to these as common indicators. If you exhibit even one of these symptoms, we encourage you to give us a call so our team of experienced professionals can help you get to the root cause.
Put Sleep Apnea Testing On Your Pre-Trip Checklist!
As your departure time for family vacation gets closer, you’re probably caught in a swirl of activity each day finalizing your packing list, making last minute trips to the store, and putting a plan in place to address anything on the homefront that may come up while you’re away.
Our team at Brar Dentistry wants to suggest one more thing. Consider putting a visit to one of our Chicago area locations on your to-do list before you go!
In order to find out if you have sleep apnea, Dr. Brar will walk you through a series of steps. First, he’ll discuss your medical history, sleep habits, and give you thorough exam. This is followed by what’s called a Mallampati test, which helps measure the size of your airway. Once Dr. Brar and a sleep doctor have determined if you are suffering from sleep apnea, you’ll work together to design a treatment plan that works for you.
So before you say bon voyage, take that first step toward resolving your sleep apnea problems so you and your family can have a restful, refreshing family vacation!