Do you worry to an increasing degree that something is not quite right with your health? Has someone suggested you seek a diagnosis for sleep apnea and that you may require treatment? If so, this may sound quite foreign to you – and you may not know how your sleep is potentially contributing to the myriad of symptoms you experience on a daily basis. Allow us to provide you an introduction into this treatable concern, so you can schedule a visit if you think it might be the cause of your problem.
What Is It?
Sleep apnea is a disorder that interrupts your ability to breathe consistently while you sleep. Think of it as one step beyond snoring. When you snore, the soft tissues in your throat touch one another due to a partial relaxation of your throat muscles. With sleep apnea, those muscles completely relax and give way, causing your throat tissues to fully fall against one another. The result? You stop breathing. Fortunately, your brain recognizes the error and forces you to wake up, so you can begin breathing once more.
What Will Happen?
You will experience a variety of symptoms and potential future problems if you are dealing with sleep apnea. Fortunately, we may offer you treatment to alleviate symptoms and to help you avoid long-term damage. You may need to consult with us if you are suffering from one or more of the following common symptoms:
- You feel fatigued every day – this will continue to worsen
- You are experiencing mood swings
- You notice you have headaches in the morning
- Your mornings also include a sore throat or dry mouth
- Your concentration is waning
- You often feel the need to fall asleep throughout the day
- Someone has mentioned that you make a choking sound while you sleep