If you or your significant other notice moments during sleep where your breathing becomes shallow or stops all together, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. This chronic condition disrupts your sleep as your body is constantly forced to transition back into light sleep. It also makes sleeping a dangerous task for those who experience several seconds or even minutes where they cease to breathe.
Without proper treatment sleep apnea can lead to hypertension, stroke, diabetes, obesity and heart attacks. However, when caught earlier enough, you can make a difference in your health! Our South Tampa dental office offers Positive Airway Pressure therapy as a solution. This is also known as a sleep mask. Depending on the cause of your sleep apnea, other types of treatment may be recommended. Surgery may even be necessary in special circumstances.
There’s no denying that sleep apnea is a serious problem. You should also know that it can affect people of all ages including infants and children. Your best defense is to become aware of the signs which point to sleep apnea so you know what to watch for in yourself and your loved ones. It won’t take long for the signs to appear. When your mind and body don’t receive enough REM and deep sleep during the night, you may experience the following symptoms:
Increased hunger: When you don’t get enough quality sleep, your body may respond by increasing its production of the hunger hormone. This particular hormone, also known as ghrelin, causes your body to crave highly fatty and excessively sugary foods.
Weight gain: Your lack of sleep can also affect the hormone responsible for how full you feel. It loses its effectiveness at telling when you’ve consumed enough food, causing you to eat more than what’s necessary. Beware, you may also experience a slower metabolism.
Decreased cognitive function: If daily tasks have become harder than they should be, sleep apnea may be the culprit. Making major decisions and managing your time may become more challenging as well. Also, your lack of sleep is likely affecting how quickly you can complete tasks, both new and habitual.
Patients of our South Tampa dental office have also experienced additional symptoms including night sweats, depression, anxiety, daytime fatigue, headaches and snoring.
Our South Tampa dental office is committed to providing the best care possible, no matter what the situation may be! To set up your next appointment, please call (813) 906-6737 to speak with a member of our dental staff.