Obstructive sleep apnea is a common type of sleeping disorder. Unfortunately, many people overlook the warning signs. Left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk of a heart attack or other cardiovascular problem. By noticing the signs of a sleeping disorder, you can be proactive about your health, quality of life, and get treatment easier than you may have realized.Watch out for these warning signs:Flat, Worn Teeth — A tell-tale sign of sleep apnea is flattened, fractured, or worn-down teeth. As your brain is deprived of oxygen, your teeth tend to clench and grind together. Over time, all of that friction takes a toll on your smile.
Snoring — Some people with sleep apnea also suffer from snoring. But some people snore without having a sleeping disorder. Be sure to let your doctor or Dr. Jamsheed know if snoring is a chronic problem.
Large Neck Circumference — People who have larger (wider) necks tend to have more soft tissues in the back of their throat. When that happens, it means there’s a higher risk of your airway getting blocked once you lay down to sleep at night. The obstructive process is what deprives your brain and body of oxygen.
Fatigue, Depression, Weight Gain — When you’re not getting enough sleep at night (even if you don’t realize it) the lack of quality rest can drain you both mentally and physically. You may find yourself having trouble concentrating or always feeling tired, leading to weight gain or depression.
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These are just a few of dozens of different sleep apnea warning signs. If you suspect that you or a loved one has a sleeping disorder, call Encino Dental Studio today. We’ll help you determine if sleep apnea is a real concern and guide you through the treatment process.