Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Posted by 20TH AVENUE DENTISTRY on Nov 9 2022, 08:22 AM

Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Typically, normal breathing will resume after a few seconds. However, in some cases, normal breathing will not resume until the body becomes oxygen-deprived. This condition can deprive the brain of oxygen, which can cause other health problems such as liver problems and diabetes. Untreated sleep apnea can also increase your risk for high blood pressure and other heart conditions, including heart attack or stroke. 

Here are the common symptoms of sleep apnea:

Loud Snoring

Snoring occurs when there is an obstruction in your breathing airways while you sleep. This forces air through your mouth and nose, resulting in loud vibrations that sound like snoring.

Excessive Daytime Sleepiness

Even if a person does not feel fully rested and alert during the day, they may not realize that they suffer from sleep apnea. Because sleep is disrupted several times throughout the night, a person with untreated sleep apnea may experience excessive daytime sleepiness without knowing the cause. This feeling of unrest can interfere with work, school, and social lives, as the person may feel exhausted and unmotivated during the hours when others are awake and active. 

Morning Headaches

If you wake up with a headache each morning, it may indicate a sleep disorder. Snoring and sleep apnea can cause morning headaches, often because your brain is deprived of oxygen while you sleep. The blood and oxygen flow to your brain tissue is reduced when your throat vibrates with snoring. This can also happen in those with sleep apnea. Your brain may respond to this lack of oxygen and blood flow by causing you to wake up suddenly.

Memory Problems

One of the more alarming symptoms of sleep apnea is memory loss. Those with untreated sleep apnea have difficulties retaining new information, particularly when trying to learn something new on the spot. “Sleeping on the job” or zoning out during a conversation are also signs of missing sleep from obstructive sleep apnea.

These symptoms can develop into more serious ones over time. Patients have reported having issues with memory, learning difficulty, and even dementia after long-term sleep apnea. If patients notice sudden changes in their memory abilities, they should discuss these symptoms with their sleep specialist as soon as possible. Treatment for sleep apnea from our dentist in Lakewood can improve these cognitive issues.

To learn more about our dental procedures, schedule an appointment with our dentist at 20TH AVENUE DENTISTRY: MICHAEL E. UNSER DDS. We are located at 7575 W 20th Ave, Suite A1, Lakewood, Colorado 80214. Call us at (303) 238-1400 for more information.

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