A Good Night's RestAt our Lake Oswego practice, we understand what it's like to have a bad night's sleep. We know what it's like to get out of bed to start the day, when you have not slept a wink all night. The rest of your day is spent in a complete haze and compensating with cup after cup of coffee. You are tired enough to pass out and yet, as soon as you get to bed, you cannot seem to shut off. How are you supposed to function without sleep? The truth is, you can't. Sleep deprivation is a real condition that affects a huge majority of the population. Sometimes it is caused by stress, inconsistent scheduling, or in the case of patients who have "always had trouble sleeping" they may be suffering from an undiagnosed sleep disorder.
Without at least eight hours of sleep a night, you become at risk for low productivity in the workplace, high vulnerability to illness, inability to heal from injuries, aggressive and impulsive behavior and even dangerous driving habits. Should you get pulled over for the way you are driving, "I'm just tired" is not an accepted excuse. The law considers sleepy driving just as dangerous as drunk driving. If you consistently sleep less than eight hours a night, Dr. Nicholas Dose is here to help you get back on a healthy sleep schedule.
Sleep Disordered BreathingSleep Disordered Breathing or SDB is one of the most common causes for lack of sleep. Sleep Disordered Breathing causes the patient to suffer from a variety of breathing struggles including snoring, trouble breathing or lack of breathing all together. Imagine what holding your breath for minutes at a time feels like. SDB could be causing you to hold your breath while you are asleep. It's no wonder you wake up with a headache and cannot fall back asleep.
Sleep Disordered Breathing is caused by a collapsed airway. Collapsed airways disrupt the amount of air you are capable of taking in at any given time. Depending on the severity of your condition your symptoms could progressively get worse, resulting in louder, more frequent snoring, fewer breaths taken while asleep, shallow breathing or lack or breathing all together. Dr. Nicholas Dose works with patients suffering from SDB to open their airways and breathe easier from right here in Lake Oswego.
Obstructive Sleep ApneaYou may think your partner is simply just a loud snorer. While this is inconvenient, it is not a disturbing problem. What you may not know is snoring is caused by air trying to force itself through a narrow airway. When a patient sleeps with their jaw open, their tongue could fall back into the throat, making the airway narrower and the snoring louder. When the tongue falls back in this way, it is not only annoying to listen to, it is dangerous. If your partner is a constant, loud snorer, this may be a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a condition where the patient's airway has completely collapsed, thus obstructing airflow to the lungs. If the patient tries to breath, their airway closes even tighter. Patients who experience Obstructive Sleep Apnea are at risk for more than just a bad night's rest. They could also suffer from impotence, morning headaches, high blood pressure, depression, heartburn, heart attack and even strokes. Let Dr. Dose ease these symptoms for a safer, healthier night's sleep; call us today at 503-765-7300 to schedule your appointment!