Sleep Apnea - How well do you sleep?

By
Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty - Real Estate Professional, Luxury Home Marketing Expert, Accredited Staging Professional GA#381034 NC#282505 SC#

As a real estate agent, I am always on the go.   In order to be productive I tend to awake early and go to bed late.   Customer service is the key to my success and something that I take pride in.    We live in a busy world with so much technology at our fingertips.   That technology can keep us from a restful sleep.  

  • What if there is something more going on?
  • What if no matter how much sleep you get you still awake feeling that you hadn't had much of it? 
  • How much rest is important in the world of real estate?  
  • How well can you take care of your clients if you are not taking care of yourself?  
  • If you are selling or buying a home, how well are you able to handle the stress of the transaction?  

Your agent is there to take as much stress away from you as possible.  There are tons of questions out there.    We all have stress in day to day living but it's how we perceive that stress that is important.   Whether one is a real estate agent or a client, not getting quality sleep with REM cycles can put a damper on ones mood and how they handle stress.

 

Quality sleep is important for anyone and everyone.   It's important for the real estate agent as in this industry, despite what the consumer might think, to be a good agent you really have to keep moving and approach each day with renewed energy as you prospect for new clients, prospect buyers for your listings, negotiate, juggle several transactions and do your due diligence each and every client that entrusts you with one of the biggest financial decisions of their lives.

A recent study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)- National Heart Lung and Blood Institute sheds light on the 50-70 million US adults that have sleep or wakefullness disorders.

 

  • One Third of Americans get fewer than seven hours of sleep per night
  • 12-18 million US adults have sleep apnea
  • 5-6000 fatal crashes each year may be caused by drowsy drivers
  • Insufficient sleep and insomnia are more prevalent in women
  • 1/3 of Adults are sleeping during daylight hours (on a daily basis)
  • 50 Billion dollars is lost in productivity
  • 70% of highschool students are not getting enough sleep on school nights

 

 

Sleep Disorders Statistics

 

Some of the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea are:

 

  • Loud snoring with pauses of gasps or what sounds like choking
  • Feeling excessively tired throughout the day
  • Morning headaches
  • Memory loss or concentration problems
  • Feelings of irretablility, depression, mood swings
  • Waking up in the middle of the night to urinate
  • Dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening

Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Health

 

If you think you may have a sleeping disorder and want to get a restful slumber here is an online test you can take.  Only a licensed medical professional trained in sleep disorders can properly treat and diagnose any sleeping disorder.

 

According the the American Sleep Apnea Association , the most popular form of treatment is Positive Airway Pressure Devices (PAPD).   These devices have come a long way in the decades since they were first created.   Gone are the days of bulky loud machines and most will find the machines are small enough to fit on a side table with room to spare, and there are several types of masks from which to choose with most just fitting snuggling around the nose.  When used correctly these PAPD's provide continuous pressurized air into the back of ones throat preventing the airway from collapsing.

 

There are also various types of surgery that may help the sleep apnea sufferer.  

  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)
  • Radiofrequency Volumetric Tissue Reduction (RFVTR)
  • Septoplasty and Turbinate Reduction (this is great if you have any sort of nasal congestion or sinus issues)
  • Genioglossus Advancement
  • Hyoid Suspension
  • Midline glossectomy and lingualplasty
  • Maxillomandibular osteotomy (MMO) and advancement (MMA)
  • Palatal implants
  • Weight loss surgery
  • Laser-assisted uvuloplasty (LAUP)
  • Tracheostomy

 

For a list of doctors that diagnose and treat sleep disorders in the greater Charlotte, click here.  One that I can personally reccommend is Dr. Clemons of Mecklenburg Medical Group.

 

Many oral devices are available over the counter but it is best to be seen by  a dentist to properly fit the oral device.  (If one really feels that sleep apnea is an issue they should be seen by an appropriate sleep Doctor to properly diagnose obstructive sleep apnea that will work in coordination with your dentist for the best treatment options )

 

For a list of dentists in your area check out Snoring Isn't Sexy , there are several great dentists in the Charlotte area.   One that I personally use that is local to Charlotte NC and can vouch for is Dr. Benoy George.

 

FEEL Great Everyday!   I love my job and love what I do consulting on the Charlotte real estate market; and the people that I help.     Obstructive sleep apnea is something that I grew up with but I am telling you that if you or your loved ones are experiencing any of the symptoms above; there is treatment out there you can seek.  It is now something that I can say that I experienced in the past tense.   Seek the help from qualified professionals and always be on the top of your game and on your way to a happy and healthy life. :)

Full Article: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/news/spotlight/fact-sheet/sleep-disorders-insufficient-sleep-improving-health-through-research

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Lonnie Hand, ASP®
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Comments (5)

Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Great post the title caught my attention. I think I'm like a lot of individuals some nights I sleep great; I can tell a difference in the morning when I wake and during the day. You are right we do need to be well rested in order to take care of our customer's and ourselves.

Jul 01, 2015 07:34 AM
Jennifer Provencio
San Diego County and Central Valley - Oceanside, CA
The Reverse Mortgage Speciailist

Wow! With 12-18 million of us with sleep apnea that sounds like an epidemic. People I know who have the c-pap machine claim to feel so much better.

Jul 01, 2015 07:44 AM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

I have serious trouble sleeping, but it is the entrepreneur in me, my mind is always thinking business and just can't shut off. I hear it's a real problem amongst many business owners/professionals that make the Forbes list so I'll take it! Hopefully it is worth it.

Jul 01, 2015 08:15 AM
Lonnie Hand
eXp Realty - Real Estate Professional, Luxury Home Marketing Expert, Accredited Staging Professional - Atlanta, GA

I think many in my family were undiagnosed.   The apnea puts a tremendous amount of stress upon your heart at night.    I had the septoplasty surgery in 2005.  The doctor said that there was so much tissue up there that it created more of a floor on the sinus cavity which is why I always felt sinus pressure and could never really breathe through my nose.    I joked with him before going under and asked him for a nose job while he was up there but he declined and told me my nose looked fine and it would only be internal lol

Jul 01, 2015 10:52 PM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

Hi Lonie, thank you for the information.  Welcome to ActiveRain, it's great to have you aboard.  Your blogs are great!  Keep up the good work.

Jul 19, 2015 12:42 AM