The educational seminar discussing “Better Sleep and Your Health” this week went very well. Over twenty people attended and they had all types of sleep issues. We discussed the importance of sleep in your overall health and the significant health risk that people with sleep disordered breathing can have.
Several had questions regarding what to do about Snoring!! Once I explained that the majority of the noise is related to the vibration of the soft palate (the tissue at the roof of your mouth), then they wanted to know how can we fix this since they are not getting to sleep with their spouse.
Therefore, I discussed the Pillar procedure. This is an easy, painless and elegant way to stiffen the palate in the office in 15-20 minutes and is successful 85-90% of the time. You could feel the excitement in the room as they realized that they might have a solution for all their restless nights.
Some of the people who attended had been using CPAP for years and were just tired of the nightly fight with the machine. I explained that many of our patients who are looking for an alternative have had remarkable success with a combination of the Pillar Procedure to stiffen the palate and Turbinate Reduction to open up their nasal airway. As we went through the different procedures, many were relieved to know that they had options.
Overall, the participants came away with the understanding that SLEEP is very important to their overall health. They also learned many practical ways to change their sleep hygiene and improve their daytime energy, productivity and feel more rested.
The bottom line is everyone needs SLEEP to rejuvenate their body and replenish their soul. Something as simple as getting 8 hours of sleep nightly can make a world of difference. So make it a priority and get some SLEEP and feel BETTER!!