Sleep Apnea Symptoms & Your Health

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Do you find yourself waking up each morning feeling fatigued or irritable? If you’ve experienced any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from sleep apnea:

  • Lack of energy
  • Insomnia
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Loud or excessive snoring
  • Reduced libido
  • Gasping for air during the night
  • Impaired memory
  • Frequent urination at night

Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea affects all types of people, both men and women, and of all ages. However, some people are more vulnerable to sleep apnea than others. Men are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea, and the risk increases with age. Additional risk factors for sleep apnea include:

  • Family history of sleep apnea
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Nasal congestion 

If you fall into one of these high-risk groups, we strongly recommend scheduling an appointment with Dr. Doneskey to discuss your symptoms. He’ll take the time to understand your condition and find the most effective solution for you.

Sleep Apnea & Your Health

Not only does sleep apnea affect your quality of sleep, but it can also take a toll on your mental and physical health. Sleep apnea causes a severe reduction in your oxygen levels, which impacts your ability to function properly and effectively.

The lack of sleep weakens your immune system, increasing your vulnerability to disease and infection. This leaves you more susceptible to serious health problems, like stroke, heart attack, diabetes, and more. Unfortunately, sleep apnea has also been linked to several mental disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

Seeking immediate treatment will help safeguard your complete well-being and protect yourself from further complications in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the main types of sleep apnea?
I think I may suffer from sleep apnea. What do I do?
Is a sleep study necessary?
How can I reduce my risk of sleep apnea?
What are the main types of sleep apnea?

There are two types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA). The most common form, OSA occurs when a blockage in the airway prevents you from breathing properly. This causes you to repeatedly wake up gasping for air throughout the night. OSA can be a result of weakened or inflamed throat muscles, or your tongue falling to the back of your throat.

CSA is a less common type of the sleep disorder. Unlike OSA, this condition occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to your body to regulate your breathing while sleeping. The symptoms of CSA are similar to OSA, but additional symptoms include chest pain and shortness of breath.

I think I may suffer from sleep apnea. What do I do?

If you think you’re suffering from sleep apnea, give us a call at (425) 646-6409 to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Doneskey. He’ll take the time to understand your symptoms, assess your health, and determine with you, if a sleep study is needed. 

Once you receive a proper diagnosis, Dr. Doneskey will discuss your treatment options and help determine the best solution for your condition. He’s the leading oral medicine specialist in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring, so you can trust that you’re in good hands.

Is a sleep study necessary?

Yes, a sleep study, also called a polysomnography, is the only way to properly diagnose sleep disorders including sleep apnea. If you’re experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, like fatigue and daytime sleepiness, your doctor will probably suggest a sleep study. 

The test uses a non-invasive monitor to measure possible disruptions in the pattern of your sleep throughout the night. This includes your oxygen level, heart rate, breathing, snoring, body activity, and eye movements. Sleep studies are typically conducted for at least seven hours to get a good understanding of your condition.

How can I reduce my risk of sleep apnea?

When coupled with professional treatment, making certain lifestyle changes may be beneficial in reducing sleep apnea symptoms. Some effective natural remedies include:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Regular exercise ⎼ yoga specifically promotes oxygen flow
  • Change your sleep position, also referred to as positional therapy
  • Use a humidifier to open your airways
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption