How can you tell if you have sleep apnoea? Even if you don’t snore, there are warning signs that you should be aware of. Early screening and treatment of sleep apnoea is important since sleeping disorders can raise your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Improving your sleep quality—and reducing the strain on your cardiovascular system—isn’t just about having more energy. It’s potentially lifesaving.
Here are some important sleep apnoea symptoms you need to know about:
Sleep is your body’s way of recharging your inner ‘battery.’ One of the initial things you’ll notice about sleep apnoea is feeling worn out when you shouldn’t. A lack of energy may be the first symptom you notice.
A large neck circumference is a considerable risk factor for obstructive sleep apnoea. When you don’t sleep well, your body’s metabolism slows down, and you crave more calorie-dense foods. When your body doesn’t get the energy it needs from rest, it tries to look for it in other sources (what you eat.)
Chronic headaches are fairly common in people with sleeping disorders. In most cases, you’ll notice pain immediately upon waking, but some people develop headaches later on in the day.
Cardiovascular health is directly related to medical disorders such as sleep apnoea. You might experience high blood pressure or already be diagnosed with some form of cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately, sleeping disorders put you at a significantly higher chance of suffering from life-threatening incidents such as heart attacks.
Your mood is significantly impacted by how well-rested your body is. Good sleep is necessary for a good mood. If you’re always feeling run down to the point that you’re skipping the things you normally love, you owe it to yourself to get a sleep apnoea screening.
Without the right balance of quality sleep and the right quantity of it, your brain won’t be functioning at peak performance. As a result, you’ll probably have difficulty focusing on things at home or work. If you’re consistently making simple mistakes, it might tie back to your sleep health.
Bruxism (chronic teeth clenching and grinding) is extremely common in people with sleep apnoea. The constant clenching because of oxygen deprivation will gradually take a toll on your smile. In addition to worn enamel, you might also suffer from broken teeth and dental work.
Because of bruxism, people with sleep apnoea tend to be more susceptible to TMJ disorder and jaw pain. The chronic clenching of your teeth can strain your jaw joint, leading to TMJD symptoms such as earaches and headaches.
Our Sydney sleep dentistry providers work with patients and their medical teams to deliver comprehensive, holistic sleep apnoea treatment. If you suspect that you have a sleeping disorder, we recommend reserving a screening at our office at your earliest convenience. Especially if you have two or more sleep apnoea symptoms. Contact us today to request an appointment.
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Dr. Manish Shah is a cosmetic dentist with a special interest in porcelain veneers, dental implants and Invisalign in Sydney. He is also a medical doctor with an expertise in sleep & craniofacial pain medicine practising at Smile Concepts.