It creeps into your home while you’re fast asleep. It victimizes your spouse, who fights helplessly to fall and stay asleep. It’s a nightmare for everyone in your household, worse than those mysterious noises of things that go bump in the night and keep everyone else awake.…
It’s your snoring, and it’s become a nightmare for all the unfortunate souls who share a house with you!
Your loud, persistent snoring has been an issue for awhile now. Despite attempts to mitigate it, with breathing strips and changing your sleeping position, it continues night after night. This is more than just an annoying problem. It could actually be a symptom of something far more menacing.
Sleep apnea is a condition that can create quite a nightmare for you and your family. Our team at Matthew J. Cavendish, DDS wants you to know you can end that nightmare with proper diagnosis and treatment in our Phoenix, AZ dental office.
Today, we’re helping you understand what it is, what it could be doing to your health, and how we can help you, and your sleep partner, find that allusive good night’s sleep!
Is Your Snoring A Nightmare?
Snoring every now and then isn’t usually a cause for alarm. If you’re particularly worn out from time to time, a couple of nights of snoring is fairly common.
But when snoring becomes loud and persistent, night after night, it could be a sign that you have sleep apnea. In fact, that’s one of the first things people associate with this sleep condition.
That’s because sleep apnea is where your airway becomes blocked while you sleep, making it difficult for the sufferer to breathe. It could be caused by central sleep apnea, when the messages your brain sends to your body’s breathing mechanism is malfunctioning.
Or it could be due to obstructive sleep apnea, where your throat muscles become relaxed and start to put too much pressure on your airway, thus, blocking your ability to get air.
Rather than get to the root cause of your loud, chronic snoring, you and your spouse might just assume that it’s something you can’t help. Couples often report that after many failed attempts at ending the snoring, they ultimately decide to sleep in separate rooms.
But given the dangers of sleep apnea that we’re about to explore, we advise a more proactive approach!
How Sleep Apnea Can Haunt You!
As we mentioned before, the first and most common symptom people associate with sleep apnea is loud, persistent snoring. But there’s certainly more where that came from!
Some other common signs of sleep apnea are:
-Waking up with a sore throat
-Waking up feeling tired
-Inability to concentrate
-Irritability and mood swings
Is it any wonder how sleep apnea can become quite a nightmare for you and the people you live with? But it’s not just the symptoms that wreak havoc on your daily life. Sleep apnea can also cause serious problems with your overall health.
Among them are an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. You can also start to have problems with your memory and issues with sexual performance. Studies also show that sleep apnea sufferers are at a greater risk for developing diabetes and depression.
Wake From The Nightmare Of Sleep Apnea!
It may be almost time for Halloween, but that doesn’t mean we’re trying to scare you! Quite the opposite, in fact. We’re here to offer hope to those who suffer from sleep apnea by letting you know help can be found in our Phoenix, AZ dental office!
With help from a home sleep test and a neurologist, Dr. Cavendish can determine whether sleep apnea is lurking behind all that loud snoring and finally get you some relief and rest. We offer treatment options that can help put an end to your sleep apnea nightmare this Halloween!