I Wake Up Tired…

Wonder Why You Wake Up Tired?

If you’ve just gotten a good eight hours of sleep, you should be feeling refreshed, but if you feel more like you only got maybe four or five hours, you might have a problem. It’s possible that sleep apnea is disturbing your sleep, and you might not even be aware of it!

Sleep apnea is a condition where you stop breathing briefly several times a night. Patients with this problem are often unaware that they’re waking up when this happens. They will go right back to sleep, but the constant, intermittent disturbance of your sleep pattern causes you to feel exhausted even after a seemingly full eight hours in dreamland.

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What Causes Sleep Apnea?

There are several different types of sleep apnea, but the most common one is obstructive sleep apnea. The soft tissues in the back of your throat relax and temporarily block your airway. As the air attempts to move through your throat, it causes those tissues to vibrate, which usually results in loud snoring.

What’s more, your brain – ever alert to any threats to your health – rouses you from sleep to alert you to this change in your breathing pattern. In severe cases of sleep apnea, this may be happening as much as 100 times per hour! With your sleep being disturbed that often, it’s no wonder you don’t feel rested when you wake up in the morning.

What Are the Other Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

Aside from drowsiness when you wake up and throughout the day, there are several other symptoms that are associated with sleep apnea. You might experience any or all of the following:

  • You or your partner notices pauses in your breathing while you’re sleeping
  • Loud snoring – sometimes you wake yourself up
  • Frequent headaches and/or sore throat, particularly in the morning
  • Mood changes, including irritability and depression
  • Difficulty focusing on even minor tasks

There are also a number of potentially concerning health risks associated with sleep apnea. These include an increased risk of stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and atrial fibrillation. That’s why it’s essential to treat this common condition.

Treatment Will Change Your Life

At Fort Wayne Sleep Solutions, Dr. Jonathan Hale can help you treat your sleep apnea, and the results can truly change your life. You can restore your good health and your quality of life. Treatment can help you feel refreshed and ready to take on the day, and it can improve your relationship with your partner.

You might be thinking that you don’t want to have one of those unwieldy CPAP machines. Don’t worry. Dr. Hale’s treatment of choice is a more conservative intervention using an oral device that keeps the soft tissues in your throat from obstructing your airway.

If you think you have sleep apnea, don’t wait another moment. Contact our office today to get an evaluation.