Do you feel tired during the day, even though you’ve had a full night’s rest? If you experience tiredness, exhaustion, or memory loss during your day, check out the signs below to see if you might have sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is another word for uneven breathing during your sleep and can it affect you at any age. If you suffer from sleep apnea or interruptions in your regular breathing patterns, it can affect the quality of your good night’s sleep.
You may not even be aware if you suffer from sleep apnea because most of the signs occur when you’re asleep—so we recommend getting a family member or partner to look out for the following:
1. Snoring in your sleep—although not everyone who snores in their sleep has sleep apnea, it’s a good indication of irregular breathing habits.
2. Difficulty concentrating—sleep apnea can lead to difficulty concentrating during the day due to lack of proper sleep.
3. Long pauses in breathing/irregular breathing during sleep—not being able to get enough air through your lungs can affect the oxygen levels in your blood, which could affect your overall health.
4. Morning headaches—sleep apnea can cause disruptions in your sleeping habits and oxygen levels, leading you to wake up with morning headaches.
5. Feeling tired during the day—not having a proper good night’s sleep can lead to low energy levels during the day, even though you may feel like you’ve had a good night’s rest.
6. Waking up to a dry mouth or sore throat—most people who have sleep apnea breathe out their mouth, not their nose. This usually occurs because of the narrowing of throat or nasal passages. Breathing all night out your mouth could lead to a dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up.
7. Moodiness/irritability —lack of sleep can cause moodiness or irritability during the day due to fatigue.
8. Waking up frequently throughout the night—irregular breathing can cause disruptions in your sleep, causing breaks in your sleep cycle throughout the night.
9. Memory loss/forgetfulness—lack of oxygen to the brain or exhaustion can cause memory loss or forgetfulness in your daily routine.
10. High blood pressure/stress—sleep apnea can affect your cardiovascular health, causing you to be more prone to stress or heart problems.
If you can relate to any of these signs, consult your neighbourhood 123dentist.com dentist and learn how you can control your sleep apnea and get a better night’s rest.