Know The Signs Of Sleep Apnea and How Pasadena Texas Dentist Dr. Nugent is helping patients sleep better:
Sleep apnea negatively affects your life in more ways than one. Sleep Apnea prevents you from getting enough sleep, and it can lead to other major health problems. If you notice any of the signs of sleep apnea in a loved one or yourself contact us immediately. You are at a significant risk for multiple healthy problems and early death.
Snoring: You may not think much of snoring, but it could by a symptom of sleep apnea. You may not realize you snore while you sleep, so if a sleeping partner tells you that you snore, take it seriously. The sound of snoring is from a reduced airway. Your body still needs the same amount of air so the only way to get the same amount of air in a reduced airway is to speed up the flow of the air. This increased air flow causes vibrations of the soft tissue in the back of the throat. If there is a reduction in the airway there can easily be moments of complete obstruction. This is obstructive sleep apnea.
Chronic Tiredness: Another problem with not getting enough sleep is that you feel tired throughout the day. This is not only inconvenient but also dangerous if you drive. Driving tired (drowsy driving) can be just as dangerous as driving drunk. If you experience one or several of these symptoms, call our Pasadena Sleep Office today.
You Are Depressed or Irritable: The problem with sleep apnea is that it wakes you up frequently throughout the night without you being aware this awakening is happening. Thus, your body does not get a complete cycle of sleep and the restorative and rejuvenating components of health. The fragmented sleep can create mood problems. If you are depressed or irritable, then you may have sleep apnea.
Morning Headaches: A couple aspirin may not be enough to stop that morning headache you always wake up with. When headaches occur every time you wake up, you should not view it as normal. When you can’t get good oxygen at night, the levels of carbon dioxide rise in the blood. When there are high levels of carbon dioxide in the blood, the blood vessels around the head will dilate. The dilation causes the migraine-like headache. One you weak and breath normal, the headache soon goes away due to proper gas exchange.