What Is Sleep Apnea?
If you are in a relationship, there are a lot of things you and your partner put up with from the person you love. Maybe they break wind at inappropriate times. Perhaps they smile inappropriately as well or laugh when they should be sad.
However, one of the most difficult things to put up with is when your sleep gets interrupted because of someone’s snoring. Maybe your partner has told you that you snore. Maybe he or she has told you that you are as quiet sleeping as a freight train. If your partner is complaining about their lack of sleep, it may be because you have a problem that is more than snoring. In fact, you may have a condition called sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is not only annoying, it is potentially hazardous to your health. Here is some information that Dynamic Dental Care can give you about sleep apnea.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is classified as a type of sleep disorder. If you have sleep apnea, you don’t sleep well all through the night. Sleep apnea is a disorder that interrupts your breathing patterns and makes it difficult to have long restful sleep. When you have sleep apnea, you actually stop breathing for a short time. Your body, sensing that you’re not breathing, wakes you up to start breathing again. You may not know that you are being awakened, but your body never goes into a deep sleep. This is a dangerous condition for you.
There are several warning signs of sleep apnea. If you are overweight or obese, you have a higher risk for sleep apnea. Most researchers think that you have more risk of apnea if you are obese because you may have more flesh at the back of the throat than people who aren’t overweight, which can cause you breathing problems.
Also, if you think you have a full night’s sleep, but you are exhausted, you may have sleep apnea. If you wake up with headaches, you may also have sleep apnea. Your partner may also tell you that you snore loudly, or that you gasp for air during the night. All of these are warning signs of sleep apnea.
Why Should I Be Worried About Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea sounds like it is not that big of a deal, because you are only losing sleep. However, it can be a huge problem. It can worsen high blood pressure, or you can develop it. If you have sleep apnea, you are at a greater risk for heart disease. You can also make diabetes worse if you have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea makes it more difficult to lose weight as well. It can also make asthma or acid reflux worse. If you have this problem, there are treatments available for you.
Give Dynamic Dental Care a call at (509) 466-2587. We can help you with your sleep apnea. Give us a call today and come on in to talk to us about your sleep issues, so we can help your small problem before it gets to be a big problem.