June 17, 2019
Is your loud chronic snoring starting to affect your partner’s sleep? Every morning you’re waking up with a headache and feel like you got practically no rest. You probably think if you could just get some temporary relief from your sleep apnea symptoms, you might be able to get your sleep schedule back on track. Everyone deserves quality rest in order to function at work and throughout the day. Read on to learn how often your sleep apnea is affecting you, and how you can treat it to provide you and your partner some relief.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
This sleeping disorder impacts people all around the globe. The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea, which affects about 22 million American adults. You’re not alone if you suffer from some of these symptoms:
- Loud chronic snoring
- Periods of sleep in which you stop breathing (reported by your partner)
- Gasping for air
- Dry mouth in the morning
- Headache in the morning
- Fatigue during the day
- Short attention span
- Memory loss
- Hard time staying asleep
If you’re affected by one or multiple symptoms on this list, visit your medical provider so they can determine what tests you may need and establish a diagnosis. Obstructive sleep apnea specifically occurs when your throat muscles relax, and your airway becomes blocked. Leaving your sleeping disorder untreated can impact the oxygen levels in your blood and affect your day-to-day life.
Are You Experiencing Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea Every Night?
If you have sleep apnea, your breathing can be affected for 10 to 30 seconds during each episode while you’re sleeping. Throughout the night, this can happen up to 400 times. It can not only disturb your rest, but also make you less productive throughout the day and make it dangerous to do normal tasks such as drive. After a diagnosis is made, you can start treatment and get the help you need to improve your quality of life.
How Can You Treat Your Sleeping Disorder?
You may have done a sleep study and been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. If this is the case, you can start looking into various methods of treatment. Some of the most widely used include the continuous positive airway pressure device, or CPAP machine. It uses a small mask that goes over your nose and mouth and continuously blows air to open up your airways while you sleep.
If you have a hard time getting to sleep using a CPAP machine because it’s too loud or obstructs your face too much, you can always visit your dentist. They can provide you with an oral appliance specially made to reposition your jaw and tongue to help open up your airway. Most patients prefer this because it’s more comfortable and less cumbersome to sleep with. You can also use a combination of both methods.
If you suffer from this sleeping disorder, you’re not alone, and there’s no need to worry. Knowing what symptoms to look out for is a great first step in identifying it and seeking help. Everyone deserves a great night of rest so they feel fully functioning and productive each day!
About the Author
Dr. Kent Smith is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and American Sleep Breathing Academy as well as the President of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy. He has been improving his patients’ quality of life for over a decade and believes that every person deserves a great night of rest. He runs two sleep practices in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and developed a sleep curriculum at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. For questions or to schedule an appointment, visit Sleep Dallas’ website or contact 844-409-4657.