Are You a Noisy Sleeper? It May Not Be Just Annoying
Have you ever awakened in the middle of the night feeling breathless? It can be scary, right? Has anyone told you that you snore? Maybe even complained about it? These are both symptoms of sleep apnea. Even though many people suffer from the effects of this problem, it remains a serious condition that is still not well understood.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
If you have sleep apnea, your breathing stops when you sleep – as many as 30 times per hour. The problem is that your brain doesn’t get oxygen when your breathing stops. You wake up so that you can start breathing again. You may not even realize that you are awake for a second or two, but the frequent periods of interruption prevent you from getting the healthy sleep you need. The result is a feeling of tiredness throughout the day.
Sleep Apnea Is A Medical Condition
Sleep apnea doesn’t just make you feel tired. It is a severe medical condition that can lead to a variety of problems. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure and risk of stroke and heart failure. It can also cause complications with medication or surgery that requires anesthesia. It is vital that you let your physicians and surgeons know if you have sleep apnea, even if it is being treated.
Signs Of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a dangerous condition that should not be ignored. If you suspect that you may have sleep apnea, get it diagnosed right away. Here are the symptoms to look for:
- Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
- Loud snoring
- Waking up at night short of breath
- Snorting or choking sounds at night
- Headaches when you wake up
- Falling asleep unintentionally during the day
- Extreme drowsiness
Sleep apnea should not be ignored. If you suspect that you may have sleep apnea, get it diagnosed right away. There are treatment plans that can help.
Dr. Nishan Halim
Nishan Halim, DMD specializes in adult comprehensive restorative dentistry in his Capitol Hill, Washington DC neighborhood dental center. When treatment plans include specialty work, he coordinates every step with the practitioners you choose from his referral network. Contact Dr. Halim to schedule an appointment.