Although obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, often causes patients who have it to snore loudly each night, snoring itself isn’t always the telltale sign of it. In fact, many people don’t realize they have a sleep disorder until the symptoms of it start to impact their daily life in different ways. Today, we examine a few of those impacts, and how successfully treating your sleep apnea help you find lasting relief from them.
Eliminating your snoring habit
The reason snoring isn’t always the give-away to having sleep apnea is because people can often easily mistake it as just a common snoring habit. Because of this, they may not consider it serious enough to be a problem. However, the reason why sleep apnea causes you to snore is because it involves mouth and throat tissues collapsing into and blocking your airway. This forces your breath through the airway more forcefully, causing the tissues to vibrate loudly. Treating sleep apnea means keeping your airway clear while you sleep to prevent this obstruction, and with a clear airway, you’ll no longer experience chronic, excessively loud snoring each night.
Reversing the symptoms of sleep deprivation
When your breathing is so labored that it causes you to snore loudly, it means your body is working harder and receiving less oxygen than usual. However, the more immediate problem with having sleep apnea is that the obstruction will become complete and stop you from breathing entirely, which not only interrupts your breathing cycle but also stops your brain and body from falling into deep sleep. Over time, sleep apnea can cause you to experience symptoms of sleep deprivation, such as getting tired faster each day and suffering from diminished mental capacities.
Improving your overall well-being
Losing sleep and receiving less oxygen every night can be troublesome for many different reasons, and the cumulative effects of these symptoms can have a serious negative impact on your wellbeing. Without consistent, restful deep sleep, your body can’t recuperate properly and your immune system will continue to get weaker. You may become sick easier, in addition to feeling more tired every day. Treating sleep apnea is important to reversing these symptoms before they can have a longer-term influence on your overall wellbeing, including your cardiovascular health.
Learn more about treating your sleep apnea
When you treat your obstructive sleep apnea, you can enjoy several benefits to your daily quality of life as the symptoms begin to reside. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call our dental office in Los Angeles, CA, today at (310) 446-GUMS (4867). We also proudly serve patients living in Santa Monica, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Century City, Encino, and all surrounding communities.