Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders involve issues with the timing, quality and amount of sleep. A lack of sleep can affect how we function and handle stress throughout the day.

What are sleep disorders?

Sleep disorders involve issues with the timing, quality and amount of sleep. A lack of sleep can affect how we function and handle stress throughout the day. Sleep helps your brain function properly. Without good sleep, fatigue, decreased energy, irritability and problems focusing can all develop. Two of the most common sleep disorders include sleep apnea and insomnia.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a very serious sleeping disorder in which a person’s breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Those with sleep apnea may snore loudly and feel tired, even after getting a full night’s sleep. The three main types of sleep apnea are: obstructive, central and complex sleep apnea syndrome. Obstructive occurs when the throat muscles relax, while central occurs when the brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. Complex sleep apnea syndrome occurs when both obstructive and central are present.

Other common symptoms include:

  • Episodes of breathing cessation
  • Abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath (central)
  • Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
  • Morning headaches
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is a very common sleep disorder in which a person has difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or getting back to sleep after waking up too early. Since sleep is essential, this disorder can have a huge impact on your energy levels, mood and overall health. Acute, or short-term, insomnia can last for days or weeks, while chronic, or long-term, insomnia can last for a month or longer. If you suffer from chronic insomnia, stress, poor sleeping habits and disruptions to the body’s circadian rhythms are all causes. Eating too much late in the evening can also cause sleep disruptions. If you eat too much food before bed, you may find yourself feeling uncomfortable when you lie down. Heartburn often sets in and makes it difficult to fall asleep. At MediMax Obesity Institute, we help patients who are experiencing frequent heartburn and chronic insomnia. We can you not only help you eat healthier, but we can help you develop a schedule that will help you live and sleep better.

What causes snoring?

Snoring is caused by a number of factors, including the anatomy of your sinuses and mouth, allergies, alcohol consumption and even your weight. In fact, losing weight can actually help you stop snoring.* When you fall asleep and move from light sleep to deeper state, the muscles in the roof of your mouth, your tongue and throat relax. The tissues in your throat may relax enough that they partially block your airway and vibrate. Snoring grows louder as the vibration of tissue increases. This is especially the case if you have a narrow airway, which makes airflow more forceful with the tissue vibration. People who are overweight or obese are more likely to snore or suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. MediMax Obesity Institute specializes in medical weight loss advice and treatments. If you are suffering from a sleep disorder as a result of your weight, request an appointment today.

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MediMax Obesity Institute has three locations in British Columbia: Abbotsford, Langley and Chilliwack. From these locations, we are able to provide evidence-based medical advice and treatments to our patients. We are dedicated to helping our patients not only lose weight, but improve their overall health.* Being overweight or obese can affect many areas of our lives, including our sleep schedules, and we want to help you in every phase of your life.* To get started, request an appointment online or give us a call at (604) 217-1827.

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