Are you waking up feeling tired? Is your morning coffee doing little to wake you up? Do you experience headaches and mood swings throughout the day?
You might wake up with a sore or dry throat in the morning or see a surge in your blood pressure. Maybe you’re also tired of hearing your partner or spouse complain about your loud snoring every night.
These are more than just annoying drawbacks of adulting. They are actually common symptoms of a chronic condition that affects nearly 22 million Americans known as sleep apnea. Since sleep apnea happens while you sleep, hence the name, it often goes undiagnosed.
Unless you live with someone who can tell you you’re snoring, for example, it’d be very easy to overlook the problem. You might mistake your mood swings and excessive fatigue for symptoms of depression. The symptoms of sleep apnea are so broad that it’s often misdiagnosed.
Studies have shown a link between sleep apnea and gender and age. It affects more men than women, and it affects more people who are over the age of 40.
To add to the confusion, another red flag of sleep apnea is the inability to lose weight. People who are overweight are at greater risk for developing sleep apnea. This makes perfect sense!
When you have sleep apnea, you’re jerking yourself awake many times over the course of a night. You might fall right back asleep and have no memory of waking up at all. All this restlessness makes it impossible for your brain to properly restore, refresh, and recharge.
Thus, you might find that no matter how healthy your diet is or how active you are, you just can’t seem to lose weight. It’s a vicious cycle. Considering all of the health risks that go along with excessive weight gain and obesity in general, it can also be a dangerous cycle.
If these symptoms sound like your reality, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Reiter at Advanced Dental in Las Cruces, NM. We will administer a sleep study for patients who are trying to get to the bottom of their headaches, insomnia, overall fatigue, and snoring.
The sleep study will help Dr. Reiter determine if you have sleep apnea, in which case, he will fit you for an oral appliance to help reduce the snoring and allow you to breathe more easily, free from airway obstructions that come with sleep apnea.
Will Losing Weight Help Cure Your Sleep Apnea?
Losing weight can definitely help your sleep apnea, although according to Dr. Reiter, there isn’t really a straight line cure for this condition. There are a number of ways you can treat the symptoms of sleep apnea, but everyone responds to these treatments differently.
In other words, if you’re overweight or obese, it would certainly benefit you to lose weight for a number of reasons. There is a possibility that losing weight could reduce obstructions to your airway while you sleep.
However, to tell someone to simply lose weight and claim that doing so will eliminate their sleep apnea for good is not very helpful considering that having sleep apnea actually makes it so difficult to lose weight. It may even be a contributing factor in what’s making you gain weight in the first place.
Additionally, if you’re obese, losing weight safely and effectively is going to take a lot of time, and we don’t recommend that people put off seeking a diagnosis and treatment for that long.
Sleep apnea is dangerous. People die from it. It’s not something you want to ignore or make excuses about and insist that you’ll address it “someday.”
If you’re ready to finally get some answers about what’s causing your fatigue, moodiness, headaches, sore or dry throat you always have when you wake up, Dr. Reiter and our caring team at Advanced Dental are ready to help you.