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I Sleep Alone — How Can I Tell If I Have Sleep Apnea?

March 2, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmogell @ 1:32 pm
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Loud, chronic snoring is one of the telltale signs of sleep apnea in Boca Raton. But what if you don’t know if you snore? You may not have a sleeping partner who can express concern about your nighttime breathing patterns — or annoyance because of all the noise you’re making. Let’s talk about some of the other signs and symptoms of sleep apnea. Even without a sleeping partner’s help, you should be able to make a fair guess at whether you are suffering from a sleep disorder.

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Here are some key indicators that may point to sleep apnea:

  • You often wake up with a headache or sore throat
  • You constantly feel exhausted despite spending 7 – 9 hours sleeping
  • You suffer from insomnia
  • You get up multiple times throughout the night to urinate
  • It’s difficult for you to concentrate on everyday tasks
  • You experience mood swings
  • You sometimes wake up feeling like you are choking
  • You lack interest in sex or are experiencing sexual dysfunction

Sleep Apnea Risk Factors

In addition to knowing the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, you should also be aware of the risk factors for this condition. If you have multiple sleep apnea risk factors, it’s possible that you suffer from this disorder even if your symptoms are relatively mild.

Risk factors for sleep apnea include:

  • Obesity
  • A large neck circumference
  • Hypertension
  • A family history of sleep apnea
  • Male gender
  • Post-menopausal (for women)
  • A small lower jaw

Do You Suspect You Have Sleep Apnea?

If you suspect you have sleep apnea, diagnosis and treatment are only a few steps away! First, you can take an online quiz that assesses the probability that you have sleep apnea. If your assessment points to a sleep disorder, you should visit a local sleep laboratory for sleep testing in Boca Raton. You’ll spend the night in the lab connected to a machine that monitors your breathing. It will measure the number of apneas (episodes of not breathing) that you experience throughout the night. Some sleep labs offer take-home monitoring machines that allow you to be tested in the comfort of your own bed.

After you receive an official diagnosis, you can begin treatment. One simple sleep apnea solution that has helped countless people is a custom-made oral appliance that repositions the jaw at night to allow for unobstructed airflow. A dental sleep medicine expert can design such an appliance and help you reclaim your shuteye. 

Even if you sleep alone, there are strong indicators that can alert you to sleep apnea. If you think you may have this disorder, seek diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. Hopefully, it won’t be long before you’re back to enjoying rejuvenating, uninterrupted rest.

About the Author

Dr. Kenneth Mogell is a dental sleep medicine expert who provides custom oral appliances for residents of Boca Raton and the surrounding communities. If you would like his help to experience more restful nights, contact our team today.

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