Are you a loud snorer? Do you find yourself waking up throughout the night? Do you feel exhausted throughout the day, feeling as if you could nod off at your desk at any point in time? If so, these could be signs that you’re just not getting quality sleep, or it could be a sign of a common sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
While there are different types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type. OSA causes pauses in or shallow breathing throughout the night, which means that the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen.
The problem with this sleep disorder goes beyond just crummy nights of bad sleep and snoring so loud that it nearly shakes your bedroom walls. Untreated sleep apnea can also increase your risk for certain serious health problems including heart attack, stroke and diabetes.
What are the signs of sleep apnea?
So, are you wondering what the warning signs might be? We know you’re asleep, so chances are good you won’t catch some of these symptoms, but tell your bed partner to be on the lookout for,
Chronic and severely loud snoring
Gasping for air in the middle of the night
Pauses in breathing
Other symptoms of sleep apnea that you may notice include,
- Extreme fatigue
- Feeling unrefreshed despite getting enough sleep
- Morning headaches
- Mood swings
- Dry mouth or sore throats, particularly in the morning
- Brain fog and trouble concentrating
- Increased irritability
- Decreased sex drive
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is incredibly important that you see your doctor for a proper evaluation. While most sleep studies are done in a doctor’s office sometimes an at-home system can be used to monitor your sleep and look for signs of obstructive sleep apnea.
The most important thing is that you catch sleep apnea early so that you can treat it, and our ENT doctor can easily provide you with a customized treatment plan based on the type of sleep apnea and severity of your symptoms.
If you are concerned that you might have sleep apnea then it’s time to turn to our ENT specialist Dr. Christina M. McAlpin here in Los Angeles, CA. Call our office today at (213) 745-4060 to schedule a consultation.