Many people equate sleep apnea with snoring. While it is true that most people with sleep apnea do snore, this is only one of the many symptoms of this sleep disorder. Chronic, loud snoring can be one of the most noticeable symptoms, but the health risks of sleep apnea can cause many other symptoms that can have devastating effects on your health. Buford Sleep offers treatment solutions for obstructive sleep apnea that can put an end to symptoms and protect your overall health.

Snoring and Gasping

The most common and easily identified symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are also disruptive to anyone sleeping around you. Most people with sleep apnea are noisy sleepers. They snore loudly, especially when they are sleeping on their back. Gasping is another common symptom, occurring when the airway is completely blocked from soft tissue.

Waking Frequently/Disruptive Sleep

Do you wake up often throughout the night or need to urinate a few times a night? While this may seem like a bladder problem, it may be related to your sleep apnea. Disruptive air flow causes you to wake up, and the urge to urinate may just seem like the reason.

Morning Headaches

Waking up with a headache is not a fun way to start the day. Disrupted breathing and reduced oxygen to the brain can cause morning headaches and brain fog, which are common symptoms of sleep apnea.

Fatigue and Lack of Mental Focus

Do you feel tired throughout the day, even though you slept enough the night before? Does your mental focus or clarity seem reduced? While you may have slept, poor sleep due to sleep apnea can make you feel tired and fatigued. You may notice you have trouble concentrating or with memory due to a form of sleep deprivation.

Other Symptoms

Sleep apnea can impact your body in many ways. You may become depressed or have mood swings. It is common to wake up with a dry mouth or sore throat from sleeping with your mouth open to improve breathing. Children with sleep apnea may be chronic bed wetters, lose weight or have behavioral issues. Long-term effects for adults can be higher blood pressure and heart-related issues like stroke or cardiovascular disease.

If you have symptoms of sleep apnea, you should seek medical care. Your physician or sleep specialist can diagnose sleep apnea and recommend treatment options. We offer customized oral appliances for sleep apnea at Buford Sleep that can control your symptoms and improve your health. Contact our clinic today.