Those who suffer from Sleep Apnea have more to worry about than living with disruptive sleep and keeping family members awake with excessive snoring. The truth is that Sleep Apnea can lead to serious health problems if not taken care of and has been linked to an increase in high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, irregular heartbeats, and heart attacks. The good news is that Sleep Apnea is treatable and a good nights rest and better health are within reach.

So, how do you know if you have Sleep Apnea? Remember, many people can suffer from Sleep Apnea and do not realize it. Below you will find a list of some of the more common symptoms. If you suffer from any of these we encourage you to contact a health professional to be accurately diagnosed.

Loud and Chronic (ongoing) Snoring – Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea but this is one of the most common signs of obstructive sleep apnea. Often pauses occur in the snoring followed by choking or gasping. The snoring is usually loudest when you sleep on your back. Since this symptom happens when you are sleeping you may not know that you are having problems breathing. For this reason this symptom is usually reported by a family member or bed partner.

Sleep ApneaSleepiness During the Day – Since Sleep Apnea prevents you from sleeping well another common symptom is regular sleepiness during the day, at work, or while driving. Also, if you find yourself rapidly falling asleep during the quiet moments of the day when you are not active then you may be dealing with Sleep Apnea.

Other less obvious symptoms of sleep apnea can also include:
● Morning headaches
● Memory, learning, and concentration problems
● Feeling irritable, depressed, or having mood swings or personaltity changes
● Waking up frequently to urinate
● Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up

Again, If you or a loved one suffer with some of the symptoms described we encourage you to speak with a health professional. For more information on sleep apnea or to find out how Chamisa Hills Family Dental can help contact us today.