Are you a patient suffering from sleep apnea? If so, feeling tired throughout the day may not surprise you, since you are aware your sleep is constantly interrupted. However, you may feel a bit perplexed by certain sleep apnea symptoms. Give us the opportunity to shed light on common side effects, so you can relax.

Questions and Answers: Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Question: My throat hurts when I wake up and I have heard this is a symptom of sleep apnea. Why is this happening?

Answer: This is a sleep apnea symptom as well as a snoring symptom. If you snore excessively, your throat may hurt because of the consistent contact and vibration between throat tissues. With sleep apnea, you wake up gasping and “choking” which can rough up your throat tissues.

Question: I often wake up with a headache. Is this a sleep apnea symptom or is something else going on?

Answer: Headaches in the morning are common to sleep apnea sufferers. This often occurs because your breathing is stopping throughout the night, often over 100 times each night, sometimes for a minute each time. The lack of oxygen leads to dilated blood vessels. In turn, a headache forms.

Question: I’ve been having trouble with my memory lately, as well as my concentration. Can this be related to my sleep disorder?

Answer: Yes, before you worry that something more severe is going on, recognize that sleep apnea symptoms often stem from extraordinary exhaustion. When your brain is not rested, function often decreases. As a result, you will have difficulty focusing and recalling things you can usually think up without hesitation.

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Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

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