Just because you’re especially tired some days doesn’t mean you have trouble sleeping. However, when you can’t seem to rest enough to cure your exhaustion, it may be a signal that you aren’t sleeping well at all. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder that deprives you of receiving the deep rest you need each night. When you have it, you might not realize it until the cumulative effects of sleep deprivation make it more obvious.
How You’re Losing Sleep
The reason sleep apnea is difficult to detect is because it doesn’t stop you from falling asleep. On the contrary, it occurs once you’re already asleep and your oral tissues collapse into your airway. At first, the obstruction causes you to snore loudly, then it stops you from breathing altogether. Without oxygen, your brain and body panic, waking up just enough to restore tension in the tissues and clear your airway. You usually won’t fully wake up during these episodes, but nevertheless, your body and mind can never stay at rest long enough to enter R.E.M. sleep.
Other Signs of Sleep Apnea
Over time, the lack of deep sleep will mean you never truly rest, and you’ll grow more tired faster every day. Besides snoring and exhaustion, other signs could warn you of sleep apnea’s presence, as well, including:
- Unusually short temper and irritability
- Trouble with concentration and memory
- Increasing stress and anxiety
- More frequent instances of getting sick
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- And more
Stop Being Exhausted with Sleep Apnea Treatment
If you feel increasingly more exhausted every day, then it may be a sign that you’re not sleeping as well as you think you are. To find out if you can benefit from sleep apnea treatment, call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.