Sleep Apnea and Symptoms
Sleep apnea is a common condition that affects many people. It has two forms, obstructive and central. With obstructive sleep apnea, your airway is obstructed when you sleep, which causes the breathing difficulty. With central sleep apnea, your brain fails to signal the muscles to begin the breathing process.
If you have sleep apnea, you may not even know it. Cunnington Dental can help you determine if you have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious condition and should not be left untreated or ignored. Part of the problem with sleep apnea is that since you are sleeping when many of the symptoms occur, the only clue that you have the condition is if a partner or family member points out the breathing problems you have when you sleep. Though your partner may not know what the problem is they most certainly can be affected by the symptoms.
What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
If you have sleep apnea, you may wake up gasping for air or choking for breath. Your partner may notice this because it may wake them up as well. You may snore as well, but if you snore, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have sleep apnea. Some people just snore, and changing sleep positions or your pillow can solve the problem.
Though a partner may recognize that you are having problems breathing or gasping for air, if you live alone you won’t have this early warning sign. In that case, you may experience other symptoms that, taken separately or as isolated incidents, could give you a clue that you have a problem if they occur regularly.
What Other Symptoms Are There?
If you have sleep apnea, put simply, you don’t get enough sleep. Everyone has days where they don’t sleep well, which may be due to illness, stress or simply just having a bad night. When you don’t get enough sleep you have specific symptoms. You typically are tired and feel as if you haven’t slept. You may wake up with a headache from your lack of sleep. Again, if this happens occasionally you probably have nothing to worry about, but if it happens frequently or on a regular basis, start paying attention.
Aside from the above symptoms, you may have other symptoms that you don’t consider a problem. Perhaps you regularly wake up in the middle of the night and find that you have to go to the bathroom. Sure, occasionally you drink too much liquid before you sleep and that could cause this. If this happens on a daily basis, it’s time to get checked out. Cunnington Dental can help. There are other signs that you may not be sleeping at night as well as you think. You may wake up with a dull headache, or you could experience difficulty concentrating at work or school. You could experience memory loss, or you could have insomnia.