The most common form of diagnosed sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea, which causes ones breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep. Unfortunately, those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea often times complain of not getting a good nights sleep, and they might be tempted to take prescription sleeping pills.
According to a recent article on CBN News, an estimated 50 to 70 million Americans use sleeping pills, but those with sleep apnea should take heed! Taking sleeping pills that cause sedation can worsen sleep apnea, and since sleep apnea has been linked to death, taking sleeping pills to treat sleep apnea may increase the risk of death.
So what can you do to get a good night’s sleep if you suffer from sleep apnea? Well, instead of reaching for a quick fix in the form of a prescription sleeping pill, the best way is to always just treat the sleep apnea first.
Sleep apnea is completely treatable once it is diagnosed. Many patients find that treatment only involves a change in their lifestyle, such as losing weight. Yet others who suffer from more severe cases of sleep apnea will need to undergo additional forms of treatment that may involve wearing a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine at night.
The bottom line is that sleeping pills and sleep apnea are like oil and vinegar: they just don’t mix! So, if you are not sleeping well at night and have been known to snore and possibly wake up gasping for air, the first thing to do is seek out a diagnosis with a sleep test like our Ares in-home sleep test. Once you have that diagnosis, you can start on the proper sleep apnea treatment that is right for you. Austin Cosmetic Dentist Dan Matthews can help get you the treatment you need for your sleep apnea. So don’t reach for the sleeping pills! Instead, call or make an appointment with his office today and soon you will be sleeping normally once again.