Why do you wake up exhausted even after a “full” night’s rest? You go to bed on time, don’t use your phone before bed, and avoid caffeine. So what’s the problem? Why are you still waking feeling groggy and sluggish throughout the day? Maybe it’s time to look a little deeper. Could it be linked to your loud snoring that everyone always jokes about? Sure everyone sores, but it could very well be a sign that you may have a more serious condition known as Sleep Apnea.
This is when your breathing is disrupted while you are asleep; untreated sleep apnea patients continuously stop breathing while they sleep, sometimes hundreds of times per night. ( Click here to read more.)
It develops when the soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes while you’re sleeping and closes off your airway, which is frequently followed by gasping or choking. Oxygen levels in the blood fall as airflow stops. Sleep apnea causes your sleep cycle to reset several times throughout the course of the night, which not only affects how you feel when you wake up but also increases your risk of developing chronic illnesses and, in the instance of a severe case that is untreated, can even be fatal.
Apart from snoring, you might experience some of the following symptoms:
- Extreme drowsiness during the day
Dryness in your mouth in the morning
Having trouble focusing
It is imperative that you speak with a Snoring Specialist if you suspect that you are someone you know might be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. It has been linked to issues including type 2 diabetes, strokes, heart attacks, and even a shorter lifespan, according to a number of studies.
Because sleep apnea can have long-term effects on your health, it is crucial to treat it.
Based on a measurement method known as the apnea-hypopnea index, obstructive sleep apnea can range in severity from mild to severe (AHI). The AHI counts the number of breathing pauses per hour of sleep that you have.
You can find more information about Sleep apnea on our website. Schedule a consultation with Dr.Bloxham if you believe you or your loved one may be suffering from this condition. We have several sleep apnea treatments available.