Posture and Sleep Problems

posture and sleep problemsThousand Oaks and Agoura Hills, CA

When you were growing up, your parents probably tried to correct your posture. There is a reason why good posture is important, and you will be surprised to know why. Did you know that poor posture could affect your airway and, consequently, your ability to get proper sleep?

Specifically, forward head posture can be an indicator of an airway blockage. If there is an obstruction in your airway, your natural instinct is to lean your head forward to breathe easier. However, this posture adjustment can lead to headaches, neck pain, low back pain, and increase the likelihood of developing TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder).

An airway problem also is the leading cause of a sleep breathing disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Every time the airway becomes blocked during sleep, it disrupts a person’s rest. If the airway becomes blocked completely, the air supply is lost, and your body reacts by gasping for air and arousing during sleep. Severe OSA episodes may occur as many as 30 to 60 times per hour. Just imagine what that does to your ability to get good sleep!

Do you have difficulty sleeping? Are you experiencing other issues such as daytime fatigue and lack of concentration? All of these are symptoms of a sleep breathing disorder. If you do have a sleep breathing disorder, then a sleep apnea dentist is the most qualified medical professional to provide treatment.

At The Connection, we take a holistic approach when treating our patients. Rather than rely on prescriptions or a CPAP machine, we can treat the causes and symptoms of a sleep breathing disorder with oral appliances. This custom-made oral appliance helps maintain an open airway during sleep.

We also are experienced in myofunctional therapy, a series of muscular exercises for the mouth and tongue that can correct a variety of orofacial problems, including forward head posture. Learn more about our treatment options by calling our office in Agoura Hills, CA at (805) 380-6169, or to schedule an appointment.

The Connection serves patients in the Agoura Hills and Westlake Valley communities of California.

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