I have read a lot about all of the different ways that people are affected by the misalignment of their jaws, but I was SO interested after reading Whitney's blog about how she was tired all the time due to her lower jaw giving her a restricted airway, and I am so interested to hear if anyone else feels like this may be one way they're being impacted as well.

I literally am ALWAYS tired. and people don't go without hearing about it. I think I complain far too much about it, but it literally drives me crazy. It does not matter how much sleep I get. I rarely feel fully awake. I need at least 9-10 hours of sleep to even function properly, and a majority of the time all I want to do is take a nap. The words 'I'm tired' can honestly come out of my mouth any any single point during the day. I always blamed my tiredness on being so busy all the time, but there are times where I am not busy and still tired! Whitney had mentioned a few times that she was always tired due to not breathing properly at night. I have gone my entire life being told I breath 'funny' when I sleep, and I know I snore as well. I have had two septoplasties to try to correct a deviated septum, which have relapsed back both times. I was tested for sleep apnea and did not have it, but I think I just don't have a normal pattern of breathing while I sleep, which means I am probably not taking in the right amount of oxygen, causing me to not get a great nights sleep.

If anyone has heard anything about this, I would love to hear more about it. This was the first I have really though about maybe THIS is why I am tired all the time, and after reading that Whitney lost this tired-all-the-time feeling post-surgery, I am crossing my fingers that this will fix the issue for me as well!


  • Catherine | March 8, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Fingers crossed for you! I think the radical change in your bite will probably make you so elated that you will have more energy anyway! :)

  • S N | March 8, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    interesting! i too am ALWAYS tired.. my family just say im lazy.. and 'im tired' is just an excuse. im not gonna lie i am pretty lazy but maybe i am misinterpreting my laziness for truly being tired. i dont snore but even when i sleep like 8 hrs i still wake up needing a nap after a couple of hours.

  • whitneykendra | March 8, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Have you had a sleep study done? You may have sleep apnea.
    I hope you have the same benefit that I have experienced! It is truly amazing how much better I feel. I definitely know how frustrating and miserable it can be to be that tired literally ALL the time. I'm a very busy person also, and this has made a huge difference. I can't wait to hear about how much better you feel after surgery!

  • Dani | March 8, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Whitney- I have had a sleep study done and there was no sign at all of sleep apnea. I have always had roommates and stuff so I think someone probably would have noticed if I had periods where I stopped breathing in my sleep, and no one has ever noticed anything like that so I think I am safe there.

    I am incredibly busy working 30+ hours a week, going to school full time and volunteering, so I realize that there is going to be a certain level of tiredness, but I just feel like it's a bit more than it should be! I am thrilled to hear it has been one of the many benefits for you. If I benefit in the same way, I think just because of that the surgery would be worth it!

  • thethriftylady | March 9, 2011 at 8:40 AM

    Dani- I have noticed I have a ton more energy during the day than I did before my surgery!

    :) Mandy

  • whitneykendra | March 9, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    Well that's good that was ruled out.
    Before surgery, I snored SO LOUD. Unbelievably loud. I've had friends get up and leave before just because they couldn't sleep in the same room as me. But now I don't snore and my boyfriend and friends are really happy haha. And so am I.
    I too think this benefit is enough to make surgery worth it!
    Your schedule sounds a lot like mine. Now, I definitely don't have trouble going to sleep at night, because all that stuff is enough to make anyone tired. But, I don't say "I'm tired" all the time, I'm in a much better mood all the time, and just generally happier and awake! So I hope you experience the same.

    That's great to hear Mandy think the same thing!

  • Anonymous | March 11, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Interesting. I am always tired too but I thought it was because I don't sleep well due to the grinding/clenching. I would LOVE to have more energy post-surgery!

  • Joe | March 16, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    I have noticed many people say they can breathe better and feel less tired after surgery. the first thing my surgeon said when looking at my x ray was " your airway is very narrow, and it affects your energy level and health including how healthy your organs are, and will get worse as you age.I was shocked. Yes, I am always tired, and can't wait to see if there is an improvement. It's one of the main reasons I am doing this surgery.

  • Anonymous | March 18, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    I am set for May 11th!! Yeah! Docs approved me today, they say I am ready! Let me know when you get your actual surgery date! :-)

  • Joe | March 20, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    My surgery will be late fall. I've been in braces for 11 months, but there is a lot of straightening to do. Best of luck with your surgery! The results will be fantastic!

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