Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which the sufferer experiences breath pauses while sleeping. An individual may experience up to a hundred pauses a night, and this may limit the supply of oxygen to some of the body’s vital organs such as the heart and the brain.
How to Know If You Have Sleep Apnea?
The following signs may prove vital in determining if you have sleep apnea:
- Snoring: A partial blockage in upper respiratory airways is what causes snoring. The same blockage is what could be behind the sleep pauses that characterize sleep apnea. Most people can’t tell if they snore at night or not because it happens when they are asleep and stops when they regain consciousness. You may have to record yourself, if you sleep alone, or ask your roommate to find out. If your snoring is loud and happens every time you sleep, consider getting diagnosed for sleep apnea.
- Exhaustion: Constant tiredness and daytime sleepiness are known results of insufficient sleep. What most people don’t know and don’t bother to know, however, is what exactly causes the lack of sleep. If you sleep the required 7-9 hours a day but still exhibit these symptoms of lack of sleep, you could be suffering from sleep apnea. See a sleep specialist to be checked and treated.
- Morning headaches: Morning headaches could be the outcome of quite a number of things. One of them is the lack of enough sleep. If you have sleep apnea, the sleep pauses you experience at night limit the supply of blood to the brain. This causes the widening of blood vessels and, consequently, vascular headaches.
Get Treated Today
If you suspect you have sleep apnea, call (661) 270-7732 today to schedule an appointment with one of our sleep specialists at Copper Canyon Dentistry. We diagnose and offer treatment to patients with sleep disorders in Valencia, Newhall & Canyon Country serving the Santa Clarita Valley.