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How Can I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea When I Live Alone?

How Can I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea When I Live Alone?

A lot of people discover they have sleep apnea because a roommate, partner, or even their child lets them know how badly they snore at night. But if you live alone, you may not be aware that you snore at all. You could be missing this vital clue that alerts you to sleep apnea and an obstructed airway. If sleep apnea goes untreated, it can lead to serious problems like high blood pressure, obesity, and more. Have you asked yourself, “How do I know I have sleep apnea when I live alone?”

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder. When a person with this condition is sleeping, their breathing is interrupted. Sometimes this pause in breathing lasts only a second or two. But for some people, it can last as long as several minutes. It can also occur numerous times throughout the night. For many individuals, once they start breathing again, they do so with a snort or loud snore that alerts others to the issue. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type. It occurs when the throat’s muscles relax and block airflow. This makes it difficult, if not impossible for the person to breathe.

What Are the Signs I Have Sleep Apnea when I Live Alone?

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If you live by yourself, you may not be aware that you have sleep apnea, unless of course, you wake yourself up snoring. There are plenty of other signs for you to watch out for that can alert you to the issue. If you have asked, “how can I know I have sleep apnea when I live alone?” Here are a few of the signs you may be suffering from sleep apnea,

Waking up with a dry mouth.

When a person has sleep apnea, they tend to sleep with their mouths wide open as they attempt to get more air. This can lead to an extremely dry mouth when waking up. Sometimes, people with sleep apnea find themselves getting up several times throughout the nighttime hours to get a drink of water.

Frequent Headaches

Do you often wake up with a headache? It can be a sign that you are not getting enough sleep, or that your sleep is disrupted. When sleep apnea disrupts your sleep night after night, your body lacks rejuvenating deep sleep. This can lead to frequent headaches.

Painful Jaw or Teeth

If you grind your teeth in your sleep, you may wake up with pain in your teeth or jaw. It may just be the result of extreme stress. But it can also be a sign that your jaw muscles are strained at night as you struggle to breathe.

Wake up Gasping

One of the most alarming symptoms of sleep apnea is waking up gasping for air or feeling like you are choking. You don’t need a partner to inform you of this sign! When you don’t get enough oxygen your body will start to gasp trying to get more air in to survive. This can have long-lasting effects and increase your risk for a heart attack or stroke.

Extreme Daytime Sleepiness

Anyone can become a bit fatigued during the daytime hours. But people who have sleep apnea experience it on a much higher level. Do you frequently fall asleep while working at your desk? Maybe you find yourself dozing off while watching TV or more dangerous when driving. If you think you are getting the recommended amount of sleep each night, but still feel overly tired or sleepy during the day, you may have sleep apnea.

How can I know if I Have Sleep Apnea When I Live Alone? Contact Us!

If you have these signs of sleep apnea, you will want to speak with your physician about getting a sleep study. Once your doctor has diagnosed you with sleep apnea, please contact us for a consultation to determine if an oral sleep appliance would be a good fit for you as a treatment for sleep apnea. Dr. Bogrow is a leading sleep apnea dentist and suffered from sleep apnea himself. He understands how difficult it can be to not get enough sleep and has years of experience fitting custom dental appliances that work effectively for his patients. Fill out an appointment request today!

Testimonials

“I am writing this review with the most sincere thank you for what you have done for me. As you know I was diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea in January of 2020. I was prescribed a CPAP machine and dutifully used it for the following 18 months.

It was a period of misery. In the course of using the CPAP I averaged 3-5 hours of sleep a night, had to get up 3-5 times a night to go to the bathroom, was unable to sleep on my side which I have done all of my life due to the mask leak from each of the numerous styles that I had tried. Additionally, each time I went to bed or was awakened it took 20-30 minutes to fall asleep. When I woke up in the morning I was exhausted. Use of the variety of masks I used accentuated feelings of claustrophobia. It very quickly got to the point that I absolutely dreaded going to bed. Simply put I was miserable.

I decided to explore options for treating my Sleep Apnea problem. Thankfully, it did not take long to find Dr. Bogrow. Reading about his credentials, experience and most notably his successes convinced me that he was the one I wanted to see. From the first visit I knew I had made the right choice.

I received my Prosomnus oral appliance on 6/9/2021 making it 5 months of extraordinary results. I now average 7-8 hours of sleep a night, I get up 1-3 times a night, two times is the number 95% of the time, I now can sleep on my side enabling me to sleep peacefully, it takes on average 5-10 minutes to fall asleep whenever I am awakened and there are no feelings of claustrophobia.

This has changed my life dramatically, I no longer dread going to bed and I wake up feeling at least 30-40% more rested than when using the CPAP device. My experience makes me think of the song “What A Difference You’ve Made In My Life”.

I have Dr Bogrow and Barb to thank for my new life. If a person meets the criteria for the use of these oral appliances for treatment of their Sleep Apnea it is with my strongest and most sincere recommendation for them to contact Dr Bogrow’s office. Barb is a wonderful person to work with, always kind and understanding as well as competent and helpful. Do yourself a favor, get in touch with them and explore your options.”

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