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    Fatigue Tip Week #4
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    Scott Zashin, MD posted:
    Do you snore? If the answer is yes and you snore regularly, you could have sleep apnea. Other symptoms include daytime fatigue, non restorative/non restful sleep, smacking sounds at night, snorting or gasping.

    You don't have to be overweight to have sleep apnea. Diagnosis now can be made in the comfort of your own bed with home devices that can detect apnea and low oxygen levels at night.

    Treatment may be as easy as sleeping on your side or may require an oral appliance that can be made by a dentist or a CPAP machine. The oral appliance pushes your lower jaw slightly forward and that opens your airway for improved breathing. Seek out a dentist who has experience constructing these mouth appliances if at all possible.Those patients who have jaw involvement from their arthritis or TMJ may want to avoid this treatment. CPAP machines consist of spurts of air through your nose or mouth. Ask your doctor about being screened for sleep apnea if you have fatigue associated with the above symptoms or are significantly overweight.
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