Written by: on November 22, 2016 @ 7:12 am

q-and-aIf you have sleep apnea you may have to rely on a partner to bring it to your attention because, of course, you are asleep while experiencing the nighttime symptoms. However, there are daytime symptoms that may help you determine if you are suffering from sleep apnea. If you even suspect that you may be suffering from sleep apnea, bring it to the attention of your dentist. Left untreated sleep apnea can be dangerous to your health.

Q and A:

Q: My partner complains that I snore too loud. Does that mean I have sleep apnea?

A: It is estimated that 90 million Americans snore at least sometimes. However, loud, excessive snoring that disrupts the sleep of those around you is the most common symptom of sleep apnea.

Q: My partner says I make gasping and choking sounds in my sleep. Does that mean I have sleep apnea?

A: Gasping and choking sounds while sleeping are also symptoms of sleep apnea. What happens is when you are asleep, these tissues relax and block your breathing airway. This can happen several times a night and when it does your brain triggers you to wake up and breathe again each time, causing the gasping and choking sounds.

Q: Why am I so tired during the day when I’m sure I’m getting proper sleep at night?

A: Sleep apnea sufferers experience EDS–excessive daytime sleepiness. Although you think you are sleeping through the night, these constant awakenings are so brief you aren’t aware that they are happening. This can cause a chronic, overwhelming feeling of fatigue during the daytime.

Q: I have been feeling irritable lately. Is that a symptom of sleep apnea?

A: Yes, lack of sleep can cause irritability, a short temper, anxiety, and depression. Headaches are also a common symptom of sleep apnea because your brain is being deprived of sleep during the night.

Catogories: Patient Education, Sleep Apnea

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