Knowing the facts about Sleep Apnea can help you eliminate the risk factors in your control for this serious health condition and help you determine if professional help is something you ought to explore.
Sleep Apnea symptoms
Are you bleary eyed each morning upon waking? Do you feel like you haven’t caught a wink of sleep let alone hours? Have your children or spouse complained about your extraordinary snoring? Are you self-conscious staying at friends’ and relatives’ homes during the holidays or even at hotels? Has a family member expressed concern at your apparent lack of breathing for periods followed by choking and gasping sounds? If the answer is yes to any of the aforementioned, chances are you have OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Sleepy all the time
If you are excessively sleepy during the day, it is clear that you are not engaging in a restful and relaxing sleep at night. It is easy for this unwelcome pattern to affect other members in the house. If you are constantly being elbowed by your partner all night long and being told to “Shhhh!” it is easy to see that your disruptive sleep patterns are affecting other’s well-being. Many spouses take to sleeping in separate rooms in order to protect their own ability to rest. If your chronic snoring is capable of waking up your loved ones from sound sleep, understand that it is time to get help for yourself and your family.
Additional symptoms include:
- Headaches upon waking
- Irritability, poor focus, lack of concentration
- Urinating at night
- Excessive thirst upon waking from mouth breathing and extensive snoring
Document the proof
Many people with Sleep Apnea assume they are simply poor sleepers and there is no medical reason behind their issues. Some remain unaware of the severity of their condition until a loved one shows them a cell phone video captured the previous night that clearly shows there’s a problem. This video footage is actually helpful for securing professional help.
Don’t take this condition lightly
While Sleep Apnea is often linked to problems with the adenoids, issues in the jaw are a commonly overlooked cause. Specifically, issues affecting the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can be a key contributing factor.
At Fort Collins Headache Center we treat this problem with TruDenta, a breakthrough diagnostic and treatment system that can target the cause of your sleep apnea and correct it. After a short 20-minute exam we can tell you whether you’re a candidate for our program. If you are, we will create a personalized treatment plan for you that will have you pain free in 12 or fewer weekly visits. Call Fort Collins Headache Center today at 970-672-8517 or use the contact form on this page. We look forward to hearing from you.