Getting a formal sleep apnea diagnosis means that you have gone through a sleep study and that you have been recorded stopping breathing in your sleep. This is when you know what the problem is, and then can fix it.
However, if you do not have someone telling you that you have been stopping breathing, how are you supposed to know that you may have this ailment? There are a few signs that can point to a problem, but not all of them are easily pointing towards apnea.
Common Early Signs of Apnea
Waking up with a headache and feeling like you did not sleep well the night before are common signs that you are suffering from apnea. However, these are also signs that you had a rough night's sleep, had a toddler with a bad dream climb into your bed, or had a nightmare yourself. It takes this being the case for a long time for most people to notice.
Getting tired when you normally were wide awake during the day is another sign of sleep apnea. The problem is, that happens to everyone now and again. You need to consistently get extraordinarily tired during the day to where you struggle to function like normal for this to register as a problem.
If you are noticing these signs, you may want to go in and see your dentist or your doctor. He or she can give you a bit of insight as to what could be causing the issues. If apnea is a possibility, they will likely send you for a sleep study to determine if you struggle to breathe at night. For more information on sleep apnea, its causes, or how it is commonly treated, contact your dentist today. They can give you a lot of information on it.
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