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Sleep Apnea Symptoms

man asleep on keyboardObstructive sleep apnea disrupts your breathing and sleep patterns – sometimes hundreds of times each night. As a result, you may experience a number of symptoms, including loud snoring, chronic exhaustion, headaches, and irritability. If you are experiencing these sleep apnea symptoms, our Birmingham, AL, practice offers several treatment options. Dr. Bruce Spink provides oral appliance treatment and works with several specialists to help you find relief from your symptoms. To learn more about how we can improve your health and quality of life, schedule an appointment at Sleep Birmingham today.

Snoring: The Most Common Sleep Apnea Symptom

Like many sleep apnea sufferers, you may be unaware of the disruptions to your sleep cycle. When your airways are blocked, your body responds quickly. You may only move to a lighter stage of sleep, rather than waking up fully. Snoring is usually the most noticeable symptom of sleep apnea, occurring as air squeezes through your narrowed airways. Snoring may prove disruptive, not only to you, but to your partner as well. In some cases, it can occur by itself, and not in conjunction with sleep apnea. A custom-made oral appliance can address this symptom. By realigning your jaw or repositioning your tongue, a mouthpiece can keep your throat open so that air can pass unobstructed.

Other Signs That You May Have OSA

In addition to snoring, sleep apnea has many other symptoms:

  • Chronic exhaustion
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Headaches
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Frequent trips to the bathroom during the night
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat, especially upon waking up in the morning

These symptoms are all signs that you are not getting the deep, rejuvenating sleep that is necessary for optimal health and mental performance. Sometimes sleep apnea symptoms can be quite subtle, or you may attribute them to another cause. Therefore, it is important to schedule a sleep study to determine the reason for these symptoms. By measuring oxygen saturation, Respiratory Disturbance Index (RDI), and other patterns, a sleep specialist can determine if you are suffering from OSA.

The Importance of Treating Sleep Apnea Symptoms

If you are experiencing the symptoms of sleep apnea, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. These symptoms not only impact your mood and quality of life, but can also have serious effects on your long-term health. OSA can contribute to an increased risk of:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack and stroke
  • Elevated blood pressure

Dr. Spink will not simply address the symptoms of your sleep apnea. He will use advanced techniques to identify the underlying cause of your condition and determine a plan for immediate relief and protection of your long-term health.

Enjoy Freedom from OSA Symptoms

Sleep plays a vital role in your health and quality of life. Dr. Spink is a sleep apnea patient himself, and has found relief through the treatments offered at Sleep Birmingham. With our comprehensive treatment, we can help you live free of the symptoms of sleep apnea. Contact our office today to schedule an evaluation.

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