Why am I Always Tired?

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Many people in our country are suffering from lack of sleep, quality sleep, and other sleep problems. Collectively, these issues are wrapped up into having what is now called (SDB) or Sleep Disordered Breathing.

There are so many issues involved with SDB that it would take pages to explain, so in this short blog, we will review some of the major players in the equation.

The symptoms of SDB include morning headaches, night terrors, teeth grinding, polyuria (lots of bathroom visits at night), mood changes (irritability during the day), cognitive difficulties, restless sleep, gasping/snorting while asleep, and periods of outright cessation of breathing. As you can see, SDB is a very serious matter and needs to be addressed.

Let’s start with how to measure SDB. To get somewhat of a handle on the problem, a fairly simple test called the PSG (Polysomnogram) can be done. The PSG produces a number that allows an assessment of how serious sleep apnea might be. It’s sort of similar to getting a blood pressure number. For sleep apnea, if the number goes above 5-15, the apnea is considered to be moderate. Anything over 15 is generally considered severe apnea and needs to be addressed right away. A CPAP is usually the first course of treatment, and if a patient cannot handle wearing the CPAP, a dental sleep appliance usually works quite well.

As part of a good sleep analysis, the Vitamin D3 level should be analyzed carefully. The reason for this is that D3 is not really a vitamin, it is actually a hormone that regulates your sleep. If the D3 number is around 30 ng/ml or below, you are running really low and should address the problem. The proper number for good healing and good sleep is around 60-80 ng/ml. If you maintain a very low D3 level over time, eventually your body stops the ability to process D3 and you will have lots of problems with sleep later in life.

Snoring is another SDB issue that is very common in our society. Snoring is created by a harsh sound that occurs when the tissue is vibrating as you breath. This can turn into a chronic problem causing a vibration of the carotid artery, and this can cause damage to the artery to the point where your body sends plaque to fill in the damaged areas. If a plaque loosens and goes to your heart, then a cardiovascular event, even death, can occur. Snoring can be caused by a condition having fat deposition in the throat and tongue, nasal congestion, deviated septum, or even enlarged tonsils and adenoids. These factors can lead to snoring and prevent a good night’s sleep.

Another important aspect of good sleep is a very much ignored thing called sleep hygiene. That’s right; how clean, how good is your sleep pattern? What this means is that if you can program your body into going to bed at a regular time each night, your body will get used to that pattern and sleep more effectively and efficiently. Good sleep can be prevented by other factors such as:

-Sleep Disturbance: This is mostly caused by stress, insomnia and even excessive screen time.

-Poor Diet: Food is obviously a very important part of fuel for our body. With a poor diet, nutritional deficiencies become present, like the vitamins and minerals your body needs.

-Dehydration: This affects the function of your body’s organs and blood volume. The effect makes you feel tired.

-Psychological: This could be stress from work or a traumatic event causing a considerable degree of uneasiness leading to your mental health and exhaustion.

As you can see, when sleep is poor, you will be tired. It’s as simple as that.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, Dr. Jeffrey Brown and our team are here to help. We offer sleep apnea therapy in Falls Church, VA. Please give us a call if you would like to learn more, or to schedule a consultation. Just call our office at 703-821-1103. Better sleep awaits you!