It’s not late at night, but you’re already exhausted. All day long, you’ve been listless and tired. You know what you need — a long night of sleep. You go to bed, and in the morning, you’re still exhausted. If this sounds like you, you could have sleep apnea. This can be a serious condition that needs to be properly diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. The longer you wait to get sleep apnea treatment, the more exhausted you will be, and the more risk you’ll have for developing other health conditions. Let Roseville, CA dentist Dr. David B. Miller DDS help.
No one stays perfectly quiet while they sleep. You may breathe heavily, sniffle, or even snore on occasion. That is nothing to worry about. If you suffer from sleep apnea, you do a lot more than just make a little noise. Your airway becomes obstructed during sleep. You don’t just snore a bit — you snore very loudly for most of the night. More seriously, you suddenly wake up feeling like you’re suffocating. But that goes away as soon as you move, so you quickly fall back asleep. If you have sleep apnea, you could be doing this more than 200 times each night.
Sleep is vital to keeping you healthy and alert. Did you ever pull an all-nighter back in college? Remember how bad you felt the next day? And that was when you were young. Without a good night’s sleep, you are much more prone to making mistakes, having accidents, and spending your day in a “fog.” But it gets worse. Sleep apnea can lead to health complications like high blood pressure, irritability, depression, mood swings, and even heart problems and diabetes. Missing sleep so often really is serious.
There are different forms of sleep apnea treatment depending on your specific problems. One common solution is a sleep appliance. When worn at night, the appliance helps keep your airway open. A CPAP or sleep apnea machine can also help, but those devices can be hard to sleep with.