I’ve been told that sleep apnea can be the result of a zinc deficiency. Have you seen this in your practice? I’d love to sleep through the night. I always wake up tired, even when I think I’m sleeping all night. I’m exhausted all the time. I’ve already had my thyroid checked and that is fine.
While there are studies that show zinc has an impact on sleep regulation, that is completely different from sleep apnea. A zinc deficiency can keep you from sleeping well, but if you have sleep apnea, increasing your zinc won’t solve the problem. That is because rather than being the result of a mineral deficiency, it has more to do with the muscles in the back of your throat.
When you lie down, those muscles can relax partially blocking the airway. This leads to snoring. Sometimes, though, the muscles can completely block the airway. This is more serious. Because your airway is blocked, you stop breathing. Your brain recognizes this and wakes you up. This is known as obstructive sleep apnea.
If this is happening to you, the first step is usually a sleep study, If it turns out you do have sleep apnea, a dentist can help you. It is something you will want to get treated. Along with not getting the proper rest you need, this condition also leads to high blood pressure, stress on your heart, and stroke. It’s not something to mess around with.
The Solution to Sleep Apnea/h2>
Your husband mentioned one solution— a CPAP machine. This can work. However, it is bulky and not many people like them. In fact, there is a very popular search term, “I hate my CPAP!”
Dr. Tran offers another solution, which is much easier on patients. There are smaller oral appliances that fit in your mouth, a bit like a sports mouthguard. It helps to gently reposition your jaw in a way that keeps the airway in the back of your throat open. Giving you a full night’s sleep.
This blog is brought to you by Fountain Valley Dentist Dr. Tammy Tran.