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Sleep apnea causes frequent interruptions each night due to an inability to breathe properly. When you can’t breathe, the brain signals your body to wake up and gasp for air. Though patients often don’t remember waking up, this recurring disturbance can result in sleep deprivation.

Sleep apnea is a serious condition, so it’s important to be aware of the signs. Recognizing sleep apnea symptoms can help you get treatment before you develop severe health conditions like increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

Dr. Saleema Adatia offers oral appliances as a treatment method for sleep apnea. Similar to mouthguards, they’re designed to keep your airway open while you sleep.

Learning more about sleep apnea and making some lifestyle changes alongside your oral appliance therapy can make a big difference in your life.

Signs of Sleep Apnea

The most common symptoms of sleep apnea are:

  • Loud and/or persistent snoring
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Pauses in breathing during sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of energy
  • Irritability

If you notice these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, we highly recommend a sleep study. This diagnostic test can help determine whether you have sleep apnea. Once you have a sleep apnea diagnosis, Dr. Saleema Adatia can help you find a treatment that works for you.

Types of Sleep Apnea

There are 2 types of sleep apnea. Treatment for each one differs widely so it’s important to distinguish which type you have. A sleep study can help diagnose exactly which type of sleep apnea you have, so you can make sure to get the treatment you need.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when your throat becomes blocked while you sleep due to a physical obstruction of your airway.

Central sleep apnea (CSA) is a less common form of sleep apnea that results from an issue with your central nervous system. When you have CSA, it means your brain and body aren’t communicating well, making it difficult to breathe.

What Does Sleep Apnea Impact?

Mental Health

If you’re consistently waking up throughout the night, your REM sleep cycle is being interrupted. During this stage of the sleep cycle, your brain is highly active and sends important messages to your body for processing. These messages contribute to your body’s functions, which impact your thoughts, emotions, and actions.

During your REM cycle, your brain releases emotion-regulating chemicals that help you stay calm and level-headed throughout the day. Sleep deprivation causes a chemical imbalance in your brain, making it much more difficult to control your emotions.

Losing necessary hours of sleep affects your body’s ability to perform correctly. Leaving sleep apnea untreated can impact your ability to concentrate on simple tasks or process new information. It can also affect your work performance.

Research shows that there’s a strong connection between depression and sleep apnea. It’s common for patients with depression to experience sleep problems. Generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and bipolar disorder are several other mental health issues also associated with sleep apnea.

Being overweight can take a toll on your joints, cardiovascular system, and confidence. While genetics plays a role, part of the dilemma stems from how difficult it can be to lose weight. For anyone suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), weight loss can be tough, but beneficial.

When it comes to sleep apnea and weight, there’s a connection. Sleep apnea-related issues, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, can be exacerbated when you’re overweight.

Due to a similarity in symptoms, Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and sleep apnea can be difficult to distinguish between. Doctors who are unfamiliar with sleep disorders may provide an ADHD diagnosis due to restlessness during the day.

The following symptoms are shared between both sleep apnea and ADHD:

  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Impulsiveness
  • Disorganization
  • Lack of focus and forgetfulness

Living with untreated sleep apnea can lead to other serious health complications further down the road. If you display symptoms associated with sleep apnea, it’s best to get yourself a sleep study to ensure you receive an accurate diagnosis.

If you’re misdiagnosed, your sleep apnea condition can worsen. An accurate diagnosis is key to getting the treatment you need.

Your cardiovascular system encompasses your heart and all the blood that it pumps around your body. Your blood vessels deliver crucial oxygen and nutrients to your organs and tissues, so having a cardiovascular system in top shape helps you live a healthy life. When you suffer from a lack of sleep, though, it can impact heart health.

With inadequate sleep, your sympathetic nervous system works overtime as the body doesn’t have the chance to relax into a deep sleep when the heart rate slows, and blood pressure drops. Sleep apnea has been linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, and cardiovascular diseases.

 

Risk Factors

It’s important to remember that sleep apnea affects people in all stages of life. However, there are certain lifestyle choices and physical conditions that can make you more likely to develop sleep apnea.

Some risk factors for sleep apnea include:

  • Excess weight
  • Being over the age of 40
  • Thicker neck circumference
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol use
  • Nasal congestion

Dr. Adatia can work with you to learn if there are any lifestyle changes you can make to improve the severity of your sleep apnea symptoms.

Assess Your Risk

Sleep apnea can only be diagnosed by conducting a sleep study. This test monitors your body’s movements, breathing, oxygen saturation, and heart rate while you’re asleep. The results of your sleep test must be analyzed by a physician to determine if you have sleep apnea. 

If you notice the symptoms of sleep apnea in yourself or a loved one, it’s important to get a sleep study done. Sleep apnea is a dangerous condition and treatment can be life-saving. Even if you don’t have sleep apnea, ruling it out can put your mind at ease.

Think you might have sleep apnea? Dr. Adatia can recommend a local sleep clinic. Once you’ve been diagnosed, she can determine whether oral appliance therapy is a good fit for you.

Book your appointment today—there’s a restful sleep in your future!

Our Location

We are in the same office as Symmetry Dental in the Southland Court—located on Southport Road SW, across from Modern Steak Modern Ocean, just off Macleod Trail SE. There is ample parking in the lot on the east side of the building.

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  • #150, 10601 Southport Road SW
  • Calgary, AB T2W 3M6

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