Signs of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that affects millions of Americans. When you have sleep apnea, your breathing is disrupted for several seconds multiple times a night. These pauses in your sleep disrupt your natural sleep cycles, making it impossible to get the restful sleep you need for your body to properly rest and repair itself. However, you are unaware of these pauses in your breathing and may be unaware that you have sleep apnea. Excellent Dental Specialists can help you to recognize the symptoms so that you can get the treatment you need.
You are Always Tired
One of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea is that you feel tired all of the time. You might think that you got a full night of sleep because you were in bed for 7 to 9 hours, but yet you are still exhausted. You wake up in the morning feeling like you never went to bed in the first place. You feel drowsy all day and have a general lack of energy. You may even find that you doze off at inappropriate times during the day, even while driving. This can result in serious accidents and injuries.
You Wake Up with Headaches
Waking up with headaches is a common complaint of those with sleep apnea. All of the pauses in your breathing prevent sufficient oxygen from reaching your brain. Low blood oxygen levels can cause the blood vessels to widen, which causes vascular headaches.
Snoring occurs when air cannot move freely through your nose and throat while you sleep. Excess tissue partially blocking the airway vibrates, causing the sound. This same excess tissue can sometimes completely block the airway, causing your breathing to stop.
Sometimes You Wake Up Short of Breath
During most pauses in your breathing, your brain only partially wakes your body up to restart your breathing, and you are completely unaware that it is happening. In some instances, however, you might completely wake up feeling short of breath or even gasping for air.
You Have Trouble Concentrating
When you are tired all of the time, your focus can be affected. This can be a serious issue when you need to do something that requires your full attention, such as operating heavy machinery or driving a vehicle. When your concentration is affected, this can result in serious accidents and injuries.
Additionally, poor concentration can affect your work performance, and your boss is sure to notice.
You are Irritable or Experience Mood Swings
Sleep not only allows your body to rest and repair, but it also gives your mind a chance to rest and process. A lack of quality sleep can significantly affect your mood, leaving you feeling more irritable, anxious, and short tempered. Over time, lack of sleep can also lead to depression.
When you notice symptoms of sleep apnea, it is important to get treatment right away. The longer sleep apnea goes untreated, the worse the symptoms become. Untreated sleep apnea can also have serious health consequences including high blood pressure and low blood oxygen levels. If you notice symptoms of sleep apnea, call Excellent Dental Specialists at (210) 598-8933 to schedule your appointment today.