Sleep Apnea Symptoms & Your Health
Do You Suffer From Sleep Apnea?
Living with sleep apnea can be inconvenient, damaging, and draining to your life. Sleep apnea may come in three different forms, but the most common is known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It’s caused when there’s a blockage in the throat causing a person’s breathing pattern to be interrupted or completely stopped for several seconds.
One of the prevailing symptoms of OSA is loud, disruptive snoring. However, since snoring is an extremely normal habit among adults, many cases of sleep apnea go undiagnosed. Many people dismiss their snoring or their partner’s snoring which can lead to bigger health risks in the long run. To determine if you or your sleep partner are suffering from this disorder, there are other factors and side effects of OSA to consider.
Symptoms to look out for in sleep apnea include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Choking or gasping for air during sleep
- Impaired memory
- Irritability or personality change
- Morning headaches
- Decreased libido
- Nighttime sweats
Common Factors Associated with Sleep Apnea
Not all patients share the same risk of developing sleep apnea. Uncontrollable factors linked to sleep apnea include the patient’s age and gender. Older patients have been found to have a higher risk for the condition, as well as males, who are two to three times more likely than women to have OSA.
Other risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea include:
- A large neck circumference
- Alcohol use
- Smoking tobacco
- Prescription medications
- Nasal congestion
Major Health Risks If Left Untreated
Sleep apnea leaves you exhausted throughout the day and completely drains you of your energy. It’s a serious medical condition that can be life-threatening if it’s ignored or misdiagnosed. Nearly 80% of moderate to severe cases of OSA go undiagnosed which leads to further health complications down the road.
There have been many cases that have discovered the major consequences of sleep apnea on overall health, including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Liver problems
- Erectile dysfunction
- Motor vehicle accidents
Receiving a Sleep Study
If you or a loved one is a habitual snorer and have noticed any of these symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, the next step is to seek a sleep study. At Michigan Dental Center for Sleep Apnea, we offer a complimentary sleep assessment to help you find proper a diagnosis.
Once you’ve completed this evaluation, you may take it in for your sleep study appointment to help provide an entire analysis for your physician. After you’ve been diagnosed, you may find effective treatments for your sleep apnea here in Southfield, MI with Dr. Bogrow.
If you’ve already been diagnosed and have been using a CPAP, but can’t comply with the bulky, inconvenient mask, he offers a variety of alternatives to CPAP. Schedule your appointment today with Dr. Bogrow by filling out our submission form below.