Dental Sleep Medicine located in Tampa, FL


Fatigue services offered in Tampa, FL

Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep every night for optimal health. But it’s not just the hours that matter — you need quality sleep to feel rested and energized for the day ahead. Unfortunately, sleep apnea makes getting a good night’s sleep impossible, and untreated sleep apnea often leads to chronic fatigue. Juliet Bulnes-Newton, DMD, helps patients fight fatigue at Sleep Better Tampa in Florida. Call the office or book an appointment online to get started today.

Fatigue Q&A

What are the signs of chronic fatigue?

Sleep is a critical function for both mental and physical well-being. When you sleep, your mind and body rest, so you feel awake and alert the next day. High-quality sleep leaves you feeling refreshed, but unrestful sleep doesn’t give your body the healing time it needs.


A bad night’s sleep leaves you feeling tired and cranky. And when you sleep poorly for days, weeks, months, or even years, chronic fatigue can result.


Some common signs of fatigue are:


  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Exhaustion
  • Low motivation
  • Memory problems
  • Mood swings


Although symptoms of chronic fatigue can vary, you might wake up feeling exhausted each morning and find it challenging to get through the day.

How does sleep apnea cause fatigue?

There are many possible causes of fatigue, and one of the most common is sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that develops when the muscles of your throat relax during sleep and block your airways.


If you have OSA, you stop breathing for periods of time during the night, and carbon dioxide builds up in your body. Your brain recognizes the carbon dioxide buildup and wakes you up to breathe.


Some people know when they wake up from sleep apnea, but you may or may not remember waking up at night. Even if you don’t remember in the morning, these wake-ups disrupt your sleep cycles and seriously impact your sleep quality.


The longer your sleep apnea goes undetected or untreated, the worse your fatigue symptoms may get.

What are my fatigue treatment options?

If you suspect your fatigue is due to sleep apnea, Dr. Bulnes-Newton and the Sleep Better Tampa team offer comprehensive exams to identify or rule out OSA. Once you have a diagnosis, treating the underlying condition is often an effective way to help you sleep better at night.

Dr. Bulnes-Newton works with you to choose an OSA treatment depending on the severity of your condition. Sleep apnea treatments typically include a dental appliance, mouth guard, or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to help you breathe and reduce nighttime wake-ups.

Don’t ignore the signs of chronic fatigue. Find out if sleep apnea is behind those restless nights with a consultation at Sleep Solutions Tampa. Use the online booking tool or call the office for an appointment.