Often, people may suffer from poor sleep without realizing they have a serious disorder. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) leads to major negative impacts on your overall health and your ability to rest. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at the common warning signs, such as headaches, dry mouth, and daytime drowsiness. We’re also going to discuss how we help people in Pearland, TX, sleep easier.
Short Term Symptoms
Sleep apnea means the soft tissues in the back of your mouth and in your throat become too relaxed as you sleep, collapsing and cutting off airflow. You stop breathing for brief periods, waking to resume breathing again. Often, sufferers never remember waking, even though this happens hundreds of times each night and leads to sleep deprivation. People may report drowsiness during the day, trouble focusing on tasks or short-term memory problems, and issues staying awake during the day. Headaches become more common, as does sore throat, dry mouth, heart burn and acid reflux, and moodiness. Your health will continue to suffer without treatment.
Long Term Dangers
Without treatment, your sleep apnea will grow more severe and your health will continue to slide. For some, the immune system weakens, leading to more frequent illness. High blood pressure could develop, and with it the risk of heart disease, stroke, heart attack, and heart failure. The disorder has also been linked to depression. As you can see, the threat to your overall well-being is serious.
When to Seek Treatment
If you recognize the warning signs above, or begin to experience them, then please see us right away. We can use a home seep test to obtain a detailed and accurate diagnosis, recommending the most appropriate treatment options. The test allows you to sleep in your own bed, comfortably, and measures apneic episodes, breathing exertion, and blood oxygen levels. Often, we address the issue with a personalized sleep appliance. The custom-made device is created based on impressions and measurements taken of your smile. Worn at night, the device repositions the jaw to prevent the collapse of soft tissue and ensure uninterrupted breathing throughout the night. You breathe better, obtaining deep and uninterrupted sleep, and enjoy a better quality of life as a result. If you have any questions about treating OSA, or about the information in today’s blog, then please contact our team today. Let’s work together to help you enjoy a better night’s rest!
Do You Recognize These Symptoms?
If these warning signs feel familiar, then please talk to our team about possible treatment options. For more information on stopping OSA, or specifically our home sleep tests and our personalized treatment options, then please call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.