Sleep apnea is a serious condition that affects your breathing as you sleep. In fact, those with severe sleep apnea may have their breathing interrupted hundreds of times per night, resulting in poor sleep quality and a variety of other symptoms. Doctors believe that only 10 percent of those experiencing sleep apnea are actually treated.
Today, we want to share some common symptoms of sleep apnea to help you determine whether you may be one of the approximately 20 million Americans experiencing this sleep disorder.
Snoring is commonly associated with sleep apnea — but not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, and not everyone who has sleep apnea snores! However, there is a strong correlation between the too. If you are a loud, chronic snorer you may want to talk to your doctor to determine whether sleep apnea is the culprit.
If you feel tired no matter how much you sleep, you may be experiencing a sleep disorder. Because those with sleep apnea have their sleep and breathing constantly interrupted, they are unable to get restful sleep. If you or your loved one is constantly nodding off throughout the day, sleep apnea may be the cause.
Morning Headaches, Sore Throat, or Dry Mouth
If you regularly wake up with a headache, sore throat, or dry mouth, these are signs that you may be experiencing sleep apnea. Many people who suffer from sleep apnea sleep with their mouth open which can cause dry mouth or a sore throat. Morning headaches may be the result of lower oxygen levels while sleeping.
If any of the symptoms above sound familiar, schedule a consultation with us today. Our team at Dental Solutions of Avon can connect you with a sleep physician to help you get some answers. We may also be able to create a customized oral appliance that helps you get relief from snoring and sleep apnea while you sleep. To ask us any questions or schedule your next visit, contact us today!