- October 18, 2017
Night after night, you wake up in a panic. Something is choking the very life out of you. No matter how much you struggle or much you fight to breathe, the air won’t come. After what feels like an eternity of desperate gasping, your airway suddenly opens, and you fill your lungs with the force of a thousand storms.
This may sound like a scene from a horror film, but it’s a nightly reality for people who suffer from sleep apnea. There are a lucky few among them who won’t remember these terrifying episodes, but for those who do, it’s like a nightmare you can’t escape.
But there is relief at the LANAP & Implant Center. We have a team of specialists who can test you for sleep apnea, and help you find the rest and relief you’ve been missing. Sleep apnea isn’t just scary for the way it affects your ability to breathe every night. It’s scary for the dangerous health risks that come with it.
In today’s blog, we’re talking about this chronic, disruptive condition, and how our team can help you wake up from the sleep apnea nightmare!
The Nightly Terrors Of Sleep Apnea
You crawl into bed after a long night of scary movie binge watching and soon fall fast asleep. But before you know it, you’re wide awake, filled with terror, gasping for air.
Are you being stalked by the ax-wielding monster from the last slasher film you’d just watched earlier that night? No, but that would be less terrifying because it wouldn’t be real. Just a nightmare playing tricks on your mind.
This is something else. Something very real. It’s sleep apnea, and when it grips your life, waking up in fright becomes your new normal.
That’s because sleep apnea is a condition where your airway closes, cutting off your ability to breathe while you sleep. Your body’s natural response is to jerk awake and get air into the lungs as fast as possible. After a few desperate moments, your breathing resumes, and you fall back asleep.
This pattern can go on hundreds of times throughout the night, and every single time, it can be incredibly frightening. Sleep apnea can be challenging to pinpoint because many people don’t remember these nightly episodes, but some do, and it can feel like a living nightmare!
Is Sleep Apnea Terrorizing You?
For those who don’t recall waking up during the night, it can be tough to really know if you have sleep apnea without a professional diagnosis. But there are symptoms you can look for if you suspect sleep apnea is haunting you.
Here are some common signs of sleep apnea:
-Loud, persistent snoring
-Frequent sore throat in the morning
-Lack of concentration and focus
-Problems with memory
-Irritability and moodiness
If you didn’t suspect sleep apnea, it’s not likely you’d make the connection because the symptoms can seem unrelated to each other. Each one is debilitating on its own. Put them all together, and you’re looking at a huge disruption to your life and well-being.
Sleep apnea also brings certain health risks if left untreated. You have an increased chance of developing depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, just to name a few. That’s why it’s even more important to seek proper diagnosis and treatment.
Wake Up And Get Help For Your Sleep Apnea
Your body needs sufficient rest for optimum function. If sleep apnea is terrorizing your autumn nights, it needs to be addressed before the symptoms worsen and affect your health. Our team at the LANAP & Implant Center is here to help you find relief.
We have strategies for treating sleep apnea, including a CPAP machine and the Silent Nite oral appliance. We’ll help you figure out which would be most comfortable and effective for you so you can start resting and living symptom-free. Both offer ways to keep your airways open so you can breathe easily all night long.
Call the LANAP & Implant Center today at 610-228-4366 for our Collegeville, PA office or 570-505-6908 for our Williamsport location. You can also fill out our convenient online form to request an appointment.