Do I Have Sleep Apnea?

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If you’ve been experiencing more sleepless nights than usual or struggle to fall asleep, you’ve probably noticed the dramatic drop of your energy levels throughout the day. Sleep deprivation can cause significant health problems, so if your restless nights continue it’s time to see a health professional. You may suffer from sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder that causes breathing to stop and resume during sleep.

There are three main variations of sleep apnea:

  1. Obstructive apnea is the most common type and occurs when the muscles of the throat are overly relaxed during sleep.
  2. Central apnea occurs when the brain doesn’t get the proper signals to regulate your breathing during sleep.
  3. Complex apnea syndrome is a combination of obstructive and central apnea and requires immediate treatment.

 

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Loud snoring is the most obvious sign that you may suffer from sleep apnea. Often, people don’t realize that they are snoring in their sleep if they sleep alone, so it can be helpful to record yourself sleeping to discover your snoring patterns. Loud, disruptive snoring is usually a sign that you’re suffering from obstructive apnea. A consultation with a dentist can help you identify the reasons for the condition and provide solutions to get a better sleep.

If you have a consistent headache when you wake up in the morning, sleep apnea may be the cause. Ask your dentist about a sleep aid solution that will help you get adequate rest at night without waking up in pain. Headaches may also be a sign that there is too much pressure on your sinuses, which can be remedied with dental solutions.

Apnea can also lead to other sleep disorders like insomnia. If you’ve tried a number of sleep solutions but still can’t stay asleep throughout the night or have a difficult time getting to sleep, talk to your doctor or health professional about a natural sleep aid that will help regulate your body’s sleep cycle.

 

Tips to Prevent Insomnia

  • Take melatonin about an hour before your bedtime. Consult your health professional before taking melatonin.
  • Turn off all electronic devices an hour before your sleep time and make the room as dark as possible to signal to your brain that it’s nighttime.
  • Talk with your dentist to be aware of sleep condition triggers.

 

If you think you suffer from a sleep disorder, contact HollowBrook Sleep. Our team of professionals will help you get back a refreshing night’s sleep.