If you snore at night and often feel sleepy or fatigued during the day, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder.
A sleep disorder is a disorder of your sleep patterns. These medical conditions vary and are caused by a variety of issues, all of which can affect your physical, mental, and emotional functioning.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that is most commonly linked with snoring. It is defined by abnormal pauses in breathing, with the most common form occurring when there is an obstruction in the upper airway. Those who suffer from this form – known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea – experience recurring pauses in their breathing while they sleep.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, gasping or choking during sleep, frequent night-time urination, morning headaches, excessive daytime fatigue, depression, and irritability. If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk of a number of issues, including heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, driving accidents and work-related accidents.
Though snoring might not mean anything serious, it’s important to look into it just in case. Contact Royal Vista Dental to schedule an appointment with a professional.