Daytime tiredness, or chronic fatigue, can zap all your energy and make even routine tasks like going to work or running errands nearly impossible. If you’ve tried various methods of treatment without a change in your sleep patterns, it’s time to seek professional help. Steven Burman, DMD, FAGD, MALD, D.ABDSM, at Snoring and Sleep Apnea Therapy LLC works with men and women to ease the symptoms of chronic fatigue caused by snoring and sleep apnea. If you want to get a better night’s rest, call the Jupiter, Florida, office at (561) 448-0026 or request an appointment here.
What is chronic fatigue?
Chronic fatigue causes you to constantly feel drained and exhausted. Chronic fatigue usually worsens with physical or mental activity, such as exercising or thinking, but usually doesn’t improve with rest.
Chronic fatigue affects people of all ages, sexes, and backgrounds. Researchers aren’t entirely sure what causes chronic fatigue to occur, but it’s thought that there are a number of factors that play a role, including stress and poor sleep hygiene.
What are the symptoms of chronic fatigue?
The symptoms of chronic fatigue vary from person to person. However, common signs include:
- • Headaches
- • Trouble focusing
- • Sore throat
- • Memory Loss
- • Unrefreshing sleep
- • Extreme exhaustion
- • Snoring
- • Trouble falling asleep
- • Trouble staying asleep
Some people who suffer from chronic fatigue also experience muscle aches and joint stiffness.
Does sleep apnea contribute to chronic fatigue?
Yes. If you have sleep apnea, you’re more likely to experience chronic fatigue. Sleep apnea is a disorder that interferes with your breathing throughout the night. Left untreated, sleep apnea increases your risk of serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Sleep apnea also impacts your quality of sleep, so you’re more likely to feel groggy and unrefreshed when you wake up in the morning.
How is chronic fatigue diagnosed?
To diagnose chronic fatigue, Dr. Burman reviews your medical history, conducts an oral exam, and asks you a series of questions about your symptoms.
Dr. Burman is familiar with the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, so if he suspects that’s your problem, he can refer you to a medical specialist for a sleep study.
After you receive an official diagnosis of sleep apnea, Dr. Burman works with you and your physician to recommend the best course of treatment based upon your unique needs.
How is chronic fatigue treated?
Whenever possible, Dr. Burman uses conservative, non-invasive means of treatment to relieve chronic fatigue caused by sleep apnea. If you suffer from mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea, you might benefit from a custom oral appliance that pushes your lower jaw forward, opening up your airway.
For a more serious case of sleep apnea or snoring, you might benefit from a combination of a mandibular positioning device (custom oral appliance) and NightLase therapy which uses laser energy to tighten the soft tissues at the back of your throat, preventing them from vibrating when you breathe and opening the airway, for a better night’s sleep.
Daytime tiredness isn’t easy to live with, but if it’s caused by sleep apnea, treatment is available. To request your appointment at Snoring and Sleep Apnea Therapy LLC, call our Jupiter, FL office at (561) 448-0026 or request an appointment here.