Could Headaches Mean You Have Sleep Apnea?

Categories: Sleep Apnea

Besides the characteristically loud snoring that marks obstructive sleep apnea, there are many other signs, symptoms, and consequences that may not always be as obvious. For instance, you might also experience chronic dry mouth when you wake up because you’re forced to sleep with your mouth open. You might also wake up several times throughout the week with persistent, increasingly worse headaches. If you have chronic morning headaches and migraines, then schedule a visit and find out if sleep apnea may be to blame.

Sleep Apnea and Oxygen

Sleep apnea is a sleep breathing disorder, which means it not only affects the quality of your sleep, but also your ability to breathe. This means sleep apnea attacks your body on two fronts—by depriving you of the oxygen your cells and tissues need, and by depriving your mind and body of the rest they need to properly recuperate. Exhaustion is one of the most common results of these attacks, and combined with oxygen deprivation, it can contribute to constant headaches and migraines.

Headaches and More

Lack of oxygen and sleep can be a headache unto themselves, but sleep apnea also comes with a host of other negative impacts to your health and wellbeing. For example, headaches and tiredness may be immediate results of sleep and oxygen deprivation, but longer term effects can include increased risks of heart disease, chronic cardiovascular problems, stroke, mental health disorders, and more. To avoid these risks, you should seek a sleep apnea assessment and appropriate treatment, if necessary, as soon as you notice related symptoms.

Find Out if Sleep Apnea Treatment Can Help You

If you constantly wake up with headaches and migraines in addition to feeling increasingly more tired every day, then you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. To find out if sleep apnea treatment can help you, call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.