Sleep Apnea and Health

Do You Suffer From Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder that interrupts your breathing overnight. Without treatment, sleep apnea can lead to a wide range of health consequences. As a result, it’s crucial to undergo a sleep test if you experience any symptoms connected to the condition.

Some common indications of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud, disruptive snoring
  • Gasping or choking sounds while you sleep
  • Fatigue during the day
  • Sudden mood shifts
  • Memory problems
  • Waking up with headaches or dry mouth
  • Decreased libido

If you or your partner notice any of these symptoms, call our Tampa sleep specialist right away.

Types of Sleep Apnea

OSA infographicThere are two main types of sleep apnea. The most common is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which results from muscles at the back of your throat blocking the airway while you sleep. This interrupts your flow of oxygen, causing you to snore loudly and wake up repeatedly.

Central sleep apnea is the less common form of the disorder. For patients with this condition, the brain fails to communicate the proper signals to the muscles that control their lungs. Since the underlying cause of the issue is different, central sleep apnea requires a different treatment approach than OSA.

After you’ve taken a sleep test and received your diagnosis, Dr. Bulnes-Newton will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that fits your lifestyle.

Risk Factors For Sleep Apnea

As you get older, your risk for sleep apnea increases. This is especially true for men, who are more likely to develop sleep apnea than women. Other known risk factors include:

  • Obesity/excess weight
  • Large neck circumference
  • Smoking
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Nasal congestion
  • Family history of sleep apnea

Consequences of Untreated Sleep Apnea

Young man falling asleep while trying to studyWithout treatment, sleep apnea can impact your health in a wide variety of ways. Common complications linked to sleep apnea include heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and liver problems. These issues can potentially be life-threatening in some cases, which is why it’s essential to get help as soon as you become aware of your condition.

Beyond the physical health consequences listed above, sleep apnea can affect your mental health as well. Without enough quality sleep, you’ll start to feel tired and unmotivated on a regular basis. Over time, this can lead to anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and other issues.

Reclaim Your Restless Nights

Young woman waking up happy and restedAt Sleep Better Tampa, Dr. Bulnes-Newton and our team specialize in treating sleep apnea with customized oral appliances. These minimally-invasive devices can provide the relief you need and help you sleep soundly through the night without impacting your lifestyle.

If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, don’t hesitate to seek treatment — your long-term health could be at stake. Call our practice at (813) 607-5337 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bulnes-Newton. It’s your first step to a better night’s sleep!