How Do I Know I Have Sleep Apnea?

Why am I tired?

Why do I wake up tired?

All I want is a good night’s rest!

snoring and sleep apneaYou go to bed hoping for a good night’s rest, but the morning comes and you wake up tired. “Why am I always so tired?!” you ask yourself while making a strong cup of coffee. Little do you know that while you think you’re asleep, your bed partner groans and your pets scatter as the sounds of your snoring get louder. In such situations, you might want to invest in some snore-reducing aids like the ones sold at sites like and similar others. When you actually stop snoring, it could be a sigh of relief for both your partner and your pets. Little do they know that you’ve stopped breathing altogether.

Your airway is closed. No oxygen is getting to your brain. You gasp for air and wake up. This could be happening to you, your spouse, or your parent.

What’s really happening? Laying on your back, your jaw and tongue fall back into your throat, closing up your airway, and you stop breathing. Your body realizes that not enough oxygen is getting to your brain, and you perform an emergency procedure on yourself by bringing your jaw forward and grinding your teeth until your body forces open your throat for a deep breath. Sometimes, this act alone will wake you up. Most of the time you go right back to sleep, oblivious to it all. But you wake up tired due to a lack of oxygen nourishing your brain and the disrupted sleep. The constant lack of oxygen leads to a whole host of problems.

How do you know if you are at risk? Here are some symptoms of sleep-related breathing disturbances and/or sleep apnea:

  • Snoring
  • Tired in the morning
  • Tired throughout the day
  • Waking up during the night
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Neck circumference larger than 17in in men, 15.5in in females,
  • Acid reflux
  • Enlarged tongue
  • Morning headaches, migraines, cluster headaches
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Diabetes

So what happens if you don’t do anything about it? If left untreated, this condition only gets worse. It can affect the way you function and even those around you. Here are a few things that can develop as a result:

  • ADD
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • High blood pressure
  • Physically tired, anxious, irritable
  • Suppressed immune system
  • Heart attack and stroke
  • Death during sleep

Now, what can be done if you or someone you know has several symptoms listed above? First of all, inform your medical provider. They’ll talk to you about getting a sleep study that can determine how well (or maybe not so well) you sleep during the night. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! 60% of NFL players have sleep apnea. For a quick fix, try sleeping on your side. Shedding some winter weight gain can help too. You can also opt for alternatives like CBD vapes since they can help to reduce sleep apnea symptoms and promotes quality sleep. You can visit this site to learn more about vaporizers and how to choose the right one for yourself.

Also, You can also visit a dentist who has experience with sleep apnea to see if any appliance or solution can be adopted for your condition. But taking the first step, whatever it is, can impact your life and may even save it!

– written by Dr. Bernice Teplitsky, owner of Wrigleyville Dental

You may have a sleep related breathing disorder. Here are some (not so fun) facts:
32% of males have a sleep/apnea problem
70% can be fixed with an oral device.
70% of people who snore have a breathing problem

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