Sleep is essential. Without it, we’re sluggish, less effective, and sometimes a bit more grumpy than usual (just to name a few side effects). Sometimes you aren’t aware that you’re not getting the best sleep you could get, and sleep apnea is a contender for leading culprit of daytime sleepiness. Not sure if you have sleep apnea? We’ve gone ahead and listed off some common signs that you (or your sleeping partner) may have sleep apnea.
Pauses in Breathing While Sleeping
This is a symptom you may not recognize in yourself, since you’re asleep and all. However, your sleeping partner may have better insight in this regard. Of course, that would mean staying awake while you sleep to monitor your breathing, but that is one way to tell if sleep apnea is a concern. Sleep studies are another option to consider.
Shortness of Breath
Many people wake up in the night, so that isn’t always a case of sleep apnea. However, waking up in the night with shortness of breath is an indicator that you may suffer from sleep apnea. If this is you, consider getting yourself checked out.
As an adult, you’re tired–especially if you have children. Being tired is a part of life, but it can also be an indicator of sleep apnea. If, during the day, you are excessively tired or fatigued–no matter how much sleep you got the night before–you may be suffering from sleep apnea. This is due in part because your body isn’t getting the oxygen flow it needs, thus affecting your quality of sleep.
Dry Mouth/Sore Throat
Do you wake up with a dry mouth or a sore throat? Not only is it rather annoying, but it is actually a symptom of sleep apnea. This is caused by sleeping with an open mouth, which in itself is another sign of the problem.
Insomnia, et al.
Insomnia got you up late? Do you wake up a lot in the night? What about a fitful or restless sleep? If this is you…do we really have to say it? Well, we will anyway. We’re not ones for pointing fingers, but sleep apnea is looking mighty suspicious right about now.
Aside from the signs mentioned above, other factors can contribute to sleep apnea, such as being overweight, having a large neck, are middle-aged, or are a male. Remember, though, that people without any of those attributes can also have sleep apnea, but it’s a good indicator that you may be at more of a risk.
Sleep apnea is no joke, nor is it something you want to deal with your entire life. At Raleigh Implant & Family Dentistry, we have the knowledge and tools to assist you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and start sleeping soundly again!