The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and it affects 2-9% of adults in the United States. Though this might seem like a small number, studies by several leading organizations estimate that a large part of sleep apnea patients go undiagnosed. This is what our article at Sleep Apnea and TMJ Solutions in Brentwood and Murfreesboro TN covers today! How to avoid becoming part of that chunk of people who never find out they have this condition.
Though it flies under the radar for a lot of us, OSA is actually very easy to identify. The main problem is that the most commonly listed symptoms also occur at night, when you’re asleep and none the wiser. To make it easier for you, we have listed the symptoms you can identify yourself, without the help of another person:
- Dry mouth upon waking
- Insomnia, or general difficulty falling asleep at night
- Hypersomnia, or general difficulty staying awake during the day
- Lack of concentration
Of course, any of these symptoms could also point to other conditions or stem from different issues. However, when paired with the second set of symptoms we have provided, this article is a good resource for deciding whether to come in for sleep apnea treatment:
Symptoms Identified by a Second Person
- Loud snoring
- Long intervals where you stop breathing during sleep
- Gasping for air
If you, or someone you care about suffers from any of these symptoms, there’s a chance it might be sleep apnea. If that’s the case, you’re in luck! Sleep apnea is treatable, and at Sleep Apnea and TMJ Solutions in Brentwood and Murfreesboro TN, we have the tools and experience necessary to put your worries to rest. Request an appointment today!