If you suffer from daytime drowsiness, you might be chalking it up to having a busy life. Maybe your career is demanding, your kids are running you ragged, or you're going through a tough time in your personal life. While any of these things can contribute to daytime drowsiness and stress, if it is becoming an issue in your daily life, you might be suffering from sleep apnea. Keep reading to learn more about sleep apnea and how to get help for your daytime drowsiness.
Understanding sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is a common condition in which your breathing stops and restarts many times while you sleep. This can prevent your body from getting enough oxygen. You may want to talk to your healthcare provider about sleep apnea if someone tells you that you snore or gasp during sleep or if you experience other symptoms of poor-quality sleep, such as excessive daytime sleepiness.
Symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Breathing that starts and stops during sleep
- Frequent loud snoring
- Gasping for air during sleep
- Daytime sleepiness and tiredness
- Dry mouth or headaches
- Sexual dysfunction or decreased libido
- Waking up often during the night to urinate
- Weight gain
Is sleep apnea causing my daytime drowsiness?
Daytime drowsiness can lead to problems with learning, focusing, and reacting. This can be especially dangerous when it comes to driving, staying focused in school, and staying motivated at work. You may start to notice your performance in these areas declining. In addition, you may be drinking more coffee or energy drinks in an effort to get more energy while reaching for sugary or processed foods out of convenience rather than taking the time (and energy) to cook healthy meals.
If you are feeling excessive daytime drowsiness, as well as any of the aforementioned symptoms of sleep apnea, you may want to consider getting a sleep test to determine whether you have sleep apnea or not. You do not have to live a life filled with daytime drowsiness or become chained to a CPAP machine at night. Sleep apnea treatment can be easy, and we can help.
Sleep apnea help with raio dental
Daytime drowsiness, snoring, and other sleep apnea symptoms do not go away on their own. In fact, they can get worse. Sleep apnea can cause many dangerous health issues, such as diabetes, heart attacks, obesity, stroke, and much more. Sleep apnea requires treatment from a sleep apnea specialist, and we can help you.
Located in Medford, New York, Dr. Raio is an Airway Health Specialist and Restorative Dentist. He has over 25 years of clinical experience. He is a strong advocate of ongoing education and remains on the cutting edge of the most advanced treatments available for the treatment of his patients. The clinic offers a wide range of services, such as general services, specialty services, and sleep dentistry.