Sleep apnea is a common and serious sleeping disorder that happens when your regular breathing is interrupted during sleep. Snoring is normal among people with sleep apnea, but not all snorers have sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, you’re probably not aware of these short breathing pauses that occur hundreds of times a night.
Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea
- Loud and chronic snoring almost every night
- Choking, snorting, or gasping during sleep
- Pauses in breathing
- Waking up at night feeling short of breath
- Daytime sleepiness and fatigue
Record yourself sleeping or ask your sleep partner to keep track of your snoring, noting how loud and frequent it is, and if you’re gasping, choking, or making other unusual sounds. Even if you don’t have sleep apnea, a snoring problem can get in the way of your bed partner’s rest and affect your own sleep quality and health.
Sleep Apnea v. Snoring
- Do you snore more than 3 nights a week?
- Is your snoring loud (can it be heard through a door or wall)?
- Has anyone ever told you that you stop breathing briefly during sleep?
- Have you had high blood pressure?
- Do you ever doze during the day when inactive?
- Have you ever fallen asleep at the wheel or while at a stoplight?
Answering “yes” may mean that your snoring is more than sawing a few logs at night. A sleep test may be what the dentist orders.
At Asheville Dental, we assist patients who suffer from this condition. Call us today for an appointment and let us help you get back to a good night’s sleep and a better waking day.