What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

Posted by SMILE MAKERS DENTAL CARE on Oct 20 2022, 10:42 AM

Sleep apnea is a condition where you stop breathing for several seconds while you sleep. It’s usually caused by an obstruction in your airway. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to a number of serious health issues. However, some people don’t notice any symptoms at all, and many don’t even realize they have this serious condition until a partner or family member tells them about it! Here are some common symptoms:

Fatigue

Someone with sleep apnea may fall asleep at inappropriate times, such as during the middle of the workday or while driving. This can lead to extreme fatigue and affect your productivity at work or school. You may also feel fatigued even after a full night’s sleep.

Without a complete night’s rest, your body might not be getting the sufficient amount of oxygen it needs to function normally. This can make you feel tired and sleepy throughout the day.

Chronic fatigue also leaves sufferers feeling drowsy during the day and having trouble staying alert and focused at work, school, and other day-to-day activities. This is often misdiagnosed as depression or other mental health disorders.

High Blood Pressure

If you suffer from high blood pressure, you may also experience frequent waking episodes from being woken up by breathing stops at night. This sleep disruption can cause your blood pressure to rise as well. When your sleep is interrupted again and again throughout the night, you may experience chronic headaches and daytime fatigue due to insufficient sleep. These symptoms can make it difficult for you to concentrate at work or to carry out your daily tasks at home.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can even increase the risk of stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Your body also needs adequate levels of oxygen in order to function properly and to heal from injuries. Oxygen levels within the blood become depleted during a breathing pause when sleep apnea occurs. It is important to get treated as early as possible to reduce your risk of experiencing these health problems.

Headaches

Many sleep apnea sufferers complain of headaches in the morning. These headaches can be severe, causing debilitating pain that can make it difficult to get out of bed in the morning. The headaches are usually caused by poor oxygen flow to the brain because of sleep apnea. When the brain is not getting enough oxygen, it triggers a painful headache.

Fortunately, those who suffer from headaches due to sleep apnea can get relief by wearing a continuous positive airway pressure mask at night. By providing a constant stream of air pressure into their nostrils to open their airways, these masks can help put an end to painful morning headaches. 

Depression

Patients who have sleep apnea often also suffer from depression, which can occur independently of their sleep-related issues or as a result of them (the two conditions tend not to occur separately). In fact, research has shown that more than 50 percent of people who suffer from sleep apnea are also clinically depressed.

Depression can cause all kinds of issues on its own, but when combined with sleep apnea, it can make those symptoms even worse. For example, sleep apnea can worsen existing depressive episodes and make it more difficult for patients to emerge from depressive states. It can also lead to feelings of anxiety, stress, and other negative feelings. All of these can lead to dangerous behaviors, such as substance abuse, that can exacerbate symptoms of depression as well. Even patients who do not have clinical depression have been found to be at an increased risk for developing it if they deal with sleep deprivation related to sleep apnea. Fortunately, treating the sleep disorder can help to alleviate these symptoms. Patients should talk to their doctor about taking measures to get a good night’s sleep.

Visit Smile Makers Dental Care, 901 Sunvalley Blvd. Suite 240, Concord, CA 94520, to learn more. Book an appointment online or call us at (925) 685-9339 for any questions or concerns related to oral health. 

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