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When 22 million people can’t sleep at night, here’s what they do…

Every day, more and more people are turning to pills such as Ambien, Lunesta and Rozerem to try to get to sleep and stay asleep. They risk memory loss, next-day drowsiness, dependence and sleep-walking.

Over sixty million prescriptions for sleeping medications were dispensed in 2009. Almost $19 billion dollars were spent on them. Do they help?

Sleeping pills can make you worse.

Over 172,000 people wound up in the ER last year from dosing issues related to insomnia. The preponderance of evidence shows that all hypnotics result in impaired next day performance, not improved function.

Risks include automobile accidents, falls, memory loss, confusion, dependence, heightened insomnia when not using sleeping pills and even death from overdose.

The use of sedative medications more than doubles the odds for incident insomnia and increases the odds for retaining the symptoms by eighty percent. Simply stated, they stop working.

Are you a statistic?

The National Sleep Foundation states that 31 % of Americans say worries about the economy, job loss and personal finances keep them awake at night. The number of people reporting poor sleep has doubled since 2001.

The National Institute for Health states that $16 billion in annual health care expenses are created by illnesses caused from lack of sleep. An estimated 100,000 car crashes per year occur, caused by drowsiness.

Atlanta Center for TMJ chart showing how a lack of sleep from sleep apnea and snoring can affect a person.

Here’s some “secrets” about lack of sleep you didn’t know…

Did you know snoring can be a symptom of a far more serious life-threatening medical condition called obstructive sleep apnea?

Over 50% of the adult population snores. But here’s the shocker… Over 80% of those who snore have obstructive sleep apnea! Snoring and sleep apnea go hand-in-hand.

Sleep apnea is directly linked to stroke, hypertension, heart attack, diabetes, depression, fibromyalgia, impotence, menstrual irregularities, enuresis (adult bed-wetting), GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease), insomnia, weight gain, decreased metabolism, memory loss, muscle pain and mood disorders.

Please read this:

TMJ and It’s Link to Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea and snoring affects more than just the person afflicted with it, but those around them. Let Atlanta Center for TMJ help.

Do you have sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is defined as the cessation of breathing for ten seconds or more during sleep. A person with severe sleep apnea may have 30 to 40 sleep apnea events per hour! Oxygen levels in the blood plummet, blood pressure increases. It is a truly life-threatening and life-shortening disease.

Do you snore or have you been told you snore?

Over eighty percent of people who snore have obstructive sleep apnea.

Do you have a problem getting to sleep or staying asleep?

Insomnia is just the tip of the iceberg. Sleeping pills make it worse. If the underlying cause is sleep apnea you’re at risk for stroke, heart attack or worse. We’re not trying to scare you. It’s a medical fact.

Do you sleep with someone who keeps you awake at night because they snore?

Statistics show that the bed partner of someone who snores loses on average one and a half hours of sleep themselves per night because of their partner’s snoring. Even worse, the person who snores has an eighty percent chance of having obstructive sleep apnea and a ninety percent chance of going undiagnosed.

We’ll give you the guidance you need to quickly get back on track to a healthy, “sound night’s sleep.”

At the Atlanta Center for TMJ we’ll analyze your sleep issues and identify the necessary steps that will increase your sleep and health from day one. You’ll understand how to get a proper night’s sleep, do it safely without drugs and avoid deadly complications like heart attack, stroke and hypertension.

What’s more, you can also find out exactly what we do and how we achieve our results.

We’ll explain our proven, medical model approach to therapy that helps you avoid mistakes in your sleep regimen that could be life-threatening.

Learn what it takes to get a proper night’s sleep and discover the latest technologies to achieve it.

We’ll cover every cornerstone of sleep therapy from the PSG polysomnogram sleep study, to CPAP machines, oral sleep appliances and surgery. Discover how to pinpoint with deadly accuracy the exact problems that are preventing you from falling asleep and staying asleep.

Get your burning questions answered with our expert advice.

Want a second opinion on whether to have the surgery your ENT proposed? Wondering why your CPAP is uncomfortable and you’re not wearing it? Desperate to know what you need to do next to increase your energy or libido? We’ll give you clear and precise advice to help you make an informed decision. We look forward to meeting you!

Call or email today to schedule your sleep consultation with the Atlanta Center for TMJ and improve your sleep.