We all love getting some sleep, especially after a long day. The fantastic feeling you have after a good night’s sleep is comparable to little else. But what if you don’t sleep well? Sadly, sleep disorders are a common occurrence. In fact, one in five people have obstructive sleep apnea, but they don’t know it as 85 percent of these sufferers have yet to be diagnosed.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA, is a sleeping disorder that is caused by the constriction of throat muscles while you sleep, causing the inability to breathe. Once the brain realizes there is no breathing, it jolts the body awake to restart it. Breathing is restored, but sleep has been interrupted.
Because you’re asleep at the time, many don’t even realize they have an issue. But if you feel any of the following symptoms, it’s time to get checked out:
- Loud snoring
- Sleepiness or fatigue during the day
- High blood pressure
- Choking or gasping during sleep witnessed by others
- Headaches, sore throat, dry mouth when you wake
- Frequent urination at night
- Poor concentration, reaction time, and/or memory
- Poor decision-making
- Loss of motivation, moodiness, loss of sex drive and work efficiency
So, if you find that you are having difficulty sleeping, or keeping your energy up during the day, you may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Make an appointment to get a sleep study done. If they find that it is OSA, there are ways to help you get a good night’s sleep.
For more information about Obstructive Sleep Apnea, call Dr. Andrey Eng in Yorba Linda, CA at 714-779-2736 or visit www.andreyengdds.com.
Dr. Eng proudly serve patients from Yorba Linda and all surrounding areas.