Obstructive sleep apnea isn’t always an obvious condition to the person who experiences it. For many people who experience it, one of the most common giveaways of the condition is the chronic and excessively loud snoring that accompanies the condition. Because of this, many sleep apnea sufferers learn of their condition because they’re prompted by their sleep partners to seek treatment. However, in addition to the telltale snoring, sleep apnea can also be a source for other symptoms, such as increasing daytime tiredness, that could be potential warning signs.
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is the repeated cessation of your breathing when you sleep each night, which is typically caused by the obstruction of your airway. This obstruction can occur when one or more certain mouth and/or throat tissues collapse into the airway while you sleep because they become overrelaxed, or have not formed correctly. Sleep apnea is a cycle in which the airway obstruction stops you from breathing, your body wakes just enough to clear the airway, then settles back into rest and the cycle continues.
Why is it hard to detect?
The snoring that accompanies sleep apnea is the result of the obstruction in your airway growing. As this occurs and your breath is forced through the shrinking airway, the increased air pressure causes your throat tissues to vibrate loudly. This can be distinctly louder than a regular snoring habit, but it isn’t loud enough to wake you up on its own. Because the other symptoms of sleep apnea can take longer to manifest in your daily life, it can be difficult to detect the condition at first.
What other symptoms could warn you?
When sleep apnea starts to interrupt your sleep each night, the cycles can repeat themselves so quickly that your body and brain don’t have time to settle into the deep, R.E.M. stage of sleep they need to rest properly. R.E.M. sleep is considered the most essential stage of sleep when it comes to rejuvenating your body’s cells and tissues. When your body is prevented from reaching this state, you can become chronically deprived of deep sleep and begin to show signs such as increased tiredness every day.
Learn how to treat your sleep apnea
If you’re growing increasingly more tired or experiencing other signs of obstructive sleep apnea, then learn how we can help you address it and get the better rest that you deserve. 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.