February is National Heart Month, so now is a good time to be thinking about the symptoms of heart disease, and how to avoid potentially dangerous complications from heart disease. You may have some of these symptoms, but they may also be indicators of sleep apnea. If you aren’t sleeping well, or you constantly suffer from disruptive sleep, that may be an indication of sleep apnea.
Other signs you may suffer from sleep apnea are behavioral issues, because lack of sleep can lead to irritability, anxiety, and sometimes even depression. If you recognize these symptoms, don’t ignore them, they could be signs of a serious medical condition. Anyone who does have sleep apnea is at an increased risk of developing heart disease. Sleep apnea can also cause stroke, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and a host of other health ailments.
Symptoms of sleep apnea
If anyone in your household exhibits any of the following signs of sleep apnea, you should schedule a home sleep test for diagnosis. If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can develop into any of the problems mentioned above, whereas prompt treatment can restore your good sleeping habits and avoid all those issues. Here are some signs
to look for:
- Awakening with a dry mouth in the morning
- Morning headaches
- Difficulty getting a good night’s sleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue
- Difficulty focusing or concentrating while awake
- Regular, or consistent Irritability
- Loud snoringa
- Episodes where your breathing stops and restarts
- Gasping for air during sleep
If anyone in your household exhibits these symptoms, you should seek professional help.
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
At the Breathing and Sleep Center
in Colorado Springs, Colorado, we have experts who can diagnose if have sleep apnea, or another sleep disorder. If you have an airway restriction due to an under-developed jaw, we can provide non-surgical treatments to restore good sleep, and quickly reduce your risk for developing heart disease and other medical conditions. Contact us today for an initial consultation, or to ask any questions about sleep disorders and heart disease.