5 Signs You Have Sleep Apnea

How can you tell if you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea? The only way to know for sure is to have a sleep study which is a test that measures several of your body systems while you sleep. The real question might be: How do I know I need to go for a sleep study?

Most people who have sleep apnea have the following symptoms:

  1. Loud snoring. This is not your garden variety quiet droning – think about loud snoring that wakes your bed partner and maybe sends you to sleep on the couch.
  2. Snorting or gasping during sleep. You probably won’t remember this happening but your bed partner surely will. These sounds follow the periods in which sleep apnea sufferers stop breathing.
  3. Extreme daytime sleepiness. This type of sleepiness differs from just feeling tired or having no energy. It will feel like all you want to do is take a nap and you may find yourself dropping off to sleep at inopportune moments like in movies, meeting or even while driving.
  4. You wake up with a headache. The stress of low oxygen levels throughout the night cause problems throughout the body and raise blood pressure. You may also be clenching your jaw during sleep (common in patients with sleep apnea) which can lead to headaches.
  5. You get up frequently during the night to go to the bathroom. When your breathing is disrupted it puts pressure on the heart. This affects a hormone that controls the kidneys leading to nocturia. This symptom is more common in extreme cases.

Many sleep apnea patients seek diagnosis and treatment because their bed partner has witnessed them stop breathing during the night. If your loved one has witnessed this, please don’t delay seeking treatment. Please contact Rothfus Family Dental in Medford, OR today at 541-858-7994. Sleep apnea can be comfortably treated using an oral appliance without the need for CPAP. Call today to find out more.