Have you been wondering things like ‘Why am I tired after waking up?’ or ‘Why do I toss and turn all night’? You’re not alone. We’ve all been there: you think your sinus problems are getting better, but the minute you lay down to get some rest, your nose gets stuffy, and you’re staring at the ceiling. Even once you fall asleep, you keep waking yourself and your partner up with your excessive snoring.
Sleep Apnea vs. Insomnia vs. Dyssomnia
If you’ve experienced trouble sleeping for extended periods, you’ve likely heard many terms being thrown around that encompass a few or many of your symptoms. To get the proper treatment, however, it’s important to know the difference between the terms and what causes each phenomenon:
● Dyssomnia - This is an umbrella term encompassing a wide range of sleep disorders that cause an inability to or complications with sleeping.
● Insomnia - This is a disorder that can be short-term or long-term in which you have trouble falling and/or staying asleep. Insomnia is a form of Dyssomnia.
● Sleep Apnea - This is a more serious sleep disorder that is categorized by periods during which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Sleep apnea is a form of Dyssomnia that can lead to Insomnia.
If you have a history of sinus headaches and other related issues, it’s important that you have an ENT doctor monitor your sleep symptoms to decrease the chance of suffering down the line.
How to Not Be Tired in the Morning
It’s common knowledge that getting a good night’s rest is one of the key factors in being able to function properly the next day. Sleeping funny for a few days is one thing; however, one should never settle for constant sleep deprivation. If you find your life being taken over by your sinuses and sleep issues, you owe it to yourself to get effective treatment from an ENT specialist.
Dr. John Ditto of Richmond Breathe Free has the keys to helping you find relief. Here are a few services you may find useful:
● VIVAER® for Nasal Airway Remodeling - This non-invasive procedure is performed in our office and involves no cutting or long recovery times. After a brief yet gentle reshaping with the help of radiofrequency energy, you will begin to feel an almost immediate improvement in nasal breathing by day and at night.
● Septoplasty - This surgical procedure straightens the bone and cartilage dividing the space between your nostrils, aka the septum. When this is out of line or deviated (as in deviated septum), it can lead to conditions such as sinus infection and trouble breathing. Once recovered, you can expect more air to flow through your nasal passages and Breathe Free once more.