Has your bed partner been complaining about your snoring again? If your partner continually complains that you sound like a freight train every night, don’t you think it’s time to get checked out? Loud snoring might be a clear sign you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Here are four obvious signs to lookout for to help you better understand this condition.
You Wake Up Thirsty. Do you wake up every morning (or even throughout the night) and think you just walked out of the Sahara Desert your mouth is so dry? A clear sign of sleep apnea is dry mouth and the need to drink more water. Snoring can cause dry mouth and a sore throat, so be on the lookout for this.
A Morning Headache. Poor sleep can lead to morning headaches. Waking up with a headache is never fun, so pay close attention to when these headaches occur. If you suspect your headache is caused by your sleeping condition, it might be time to contact us for further information.
Sore Jaw or Sensitive Teeth. During your sleep, you might be clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth at night. This typically occurs in an effort to force enough air through the airway. Pay attention to your jaw and teeth when you wake up, and even throughout the day.
Frequent Nighttime Bathroom Breaks. Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom? Or maybe even a couple times throughout the night? Interrupted sleep can lead to more frequent urges to use the bathroom. Pay attention to how frequently you are waking up throughout the night.
If you find that you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please contact Minnesota Craniofacial Center, P.C., for more information on sleep apnea.