Does Your Partner Have Sleep Apnea? What to Watch For
Your partner complains of being tired all day but isn’t sure why. You mention that he or she is snoring quite a bit through the night or you have noticed that his or her breathing seems to stop. Snoring during the night and breathing that seems to stop while sleeping coupled with feeling drowsy all day could be signs of sleep apnea.
Your Maryland Heights sleep apnea specialist Dr. Kevin Burgdorf can help you identify some of the other common symptoms of sleep apnea.
Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Your partner may not be aware of the snoring, but it is keeping you awake at night. Snoring does not always mean sleep apnea, but it is one of the possible signs.
Breathing that seems to stop during the night
You have noticed that your partner seems to stop breathing several times during the night, and you wonder if this could be why he or she feels so exhausted during the day. These sleep interruptions can indeed be the reason behind the drowsiness, and they might indicate sleep apnea.
Acting irritable or being depressed
Your partner is frequently irritable and subject to mood swings. This could be because he or she is not getting good quality sleep the night before.
Waking up with a headache
Because less oxygen goes to the brain when there is frequent cessation of breathing, sleep apnea sufferers often complain of headaches in the morning.
Being overweight or obese
If your partner is carrying around excess body weight, this fatty tissue—especially in the neck—can block airways, restricting breathing while he or she sleeps.
Call Your Dentist to Learn More
If your partner has symptoms of sleep apnea, call your Maryland Heights sleep apnea specialist Dr. Burgdorf. Not treating sleep apnea can lead to other serious health problems. Call us today—so both you and your partner can get a good night’s sleep!