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Connection Between Sleep Apnea and Sleep Cycles

March 11, 2021

Woman in bed with sleep apnea treatment in Florham ParkIf you have sleep apnea, you can struggle to feel well-rested despite sleeping the recommended 7 to 9 hours each night. Believe it or not, the pauses in breathing also interrupt the stages of sleep. Without the right sleep apnea treatment in Florham Park, your brain will continue to wake up each time you stop breathing. Thankfully, you can get the rest you need and breathe easier to complete a full cycle of sleep.

Stages 1 & 2: Light Sleep

When you doze off, you enter the first stage of the sleep cycle. Your eye movements begin to slow down, but your body remains alert to a certain degree. Outside stimuli can easily wake you up, but you’re generally only in this stage for a few minutes.

As you enter the second stage of the sleep cycle, your brain will begin producing special waves. They are called sleep spindles that help protect against early awakenings. It can take roughly half of the cycle to complete this stage.

Stages 3 & 4: Deep Sleep and REM Sleep

Stage 3 is considered deep sleep. At this point, it can be more difficult for you to be awakened. During this stage, the body can repair your muscles and tissues that may have been damaged throughout the day. Your body will also produce cytokines to boost the immune system and raise energy levels.

As you enter the final stage of sleep, your eyes will jerk in various directions. The stage is called “rapid-eye-movement,” which is why it is called REM sleep. Your heart rate and blood pressure will increase as your breathing becomes shallower. Your brain will condense the information you’ve learned throughout the day, aiding your memory.

Importance of Uninterrupted Sleep

You’ll complete the sleep cycle several times throughout the night. If you have untreated sleep apnea in Morris County, you may not spend enough time in stages 3 and 4 of the sleep cycles. As a result, your physical and mental health can suffer. You may feel drowsy and irritable throughout the day. Eventually, sleep deprivation can occur, which can significantly lower your cognitive abilities, placing you at risk of auto and workplace accidents.

Thankfully, your dentist has the solutions you need to treat sleep apnea. As an alternative to a CPAP, many patients prefer an oral appliance for sleep apnea treatment in East Hanover. The custom-fit appliance repositions your jaw forward to keep your airway open to stop pauses in breathing. You’ll be able to complete all sleep cycles to get the rest you need.

Sleep Soundly Tonight

If you’re feeling fatigued throughout the day from untreated sleep apnea, it’s time to get the relief you need using a personalized treatment plan.

About Dr. John A. Carollo

Dr. Carollo earned his dental degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He has continued his education to offer sleep apnea therapy. With over 30 years of experience, he has the qualifications you need to treat sleep apnea. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.

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