The alarm clock goes off. You can hardly open your eyes but you need to get up. Your body is begging for more sleep but you need to get up. Even if you do get up, you feel exhausted. The bad part is, your day is just beginning. So why are you feeling so exhausted already?
You know the consequences of not getting enough sleep: mood swings, crabbiness, cravings, difficulty focusing and sluggishness. And when you don't know why you can't get enough sleep, the symptoms become even more frustrating. The culprits behind sleepless nights range from blue light to parasites -- but you might be dealing with something more serious: sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder. It’s hard to tell if you have it. So, it’s always better to see a doctor about it first. Don’t be scared because sleep apnea is a common problem.
An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes you to momentarily stop breathing while you're asleep. With sleep apnea, your airway becomes blocked when your body relaxes during sleep, limiting your lungs to little air flow.
Sleep apnea actually causes you to stop breathing while sleeping. So, even if you think you’ve slept long enough, you still feel exhausted when you wake up in the morning. This sleep disorder is also the reason why you snore so loud.
Characterized by loud snoring and often choking noises, sleep apnea causes your brain and body to become oxygen-deprived, often leading to frequent awakenings throughout the night. Depending on the case, it could happen a few times per night or hundreds of times each night.
Do you think you snore at night? If you have no idea about it, go ask your partner. Your partner should know. You can’t hide a snore, especially one that’s very loud. Nonetheless, loud snoring isn’t the only symptom of sleep apnea.
The most common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring, but snoring on its own isn't always indicative of sleep apnea. Snoring followed by silent pauses, gasping or choking sounds is likely a sign of sleep apnea.
Because sleep apnea wakes you up frequently throughout the night (even if you don't notice it), you can suffer from symptoms of sleep deprivation, such as daytime fatigue, difficulty concentrating, unintentional napping and irritability or mood swings.
Other symptoms include:
• Feeling tired, even when you thought you had a full night's sleep
• Insomnia or trouble falling asleep
• Headaches and migraines
• Loss of memory
• Decreased sex drive
• Nocturia (waking up at night to use the bathroom)
Sleep apnea comes in three different varieties.
There are three types of sleep apnea, and the way they manifest in your body is different. But the end result is the same -- all three deprive your body of oxygen.
• Obstructive sleep apnea is the more common form of sleep apnea that occurs when your throat muscles relax, blocking your lungs from receiving oxygen.
• Central sleep apnea is less common, and it occurs when your brain doesn't properly signal the muscles in your body that control breathing.
• Complex sleep apnea syndrome, also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, is the least common of all three. This occurs when someone exhibits signs of both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is a serious disorder. The fact that you snore so loud means you should do something about it. If you ignore your excessive snoring, you could endanger your health.
When you have sleep apnea, your body is consistently deprived of oxygen throughout the night. This lack of oxygen can have negative long-term effects on your health.
Sleep apnea has been associated with:
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Cardiovascular disease
• Metabolic syndrome
• Liver problems
Seeing a doctor about your excessive snoring is a safe way to go about dealing with your problem. An snoring mouthpiece like the GMSS can gently help you get some sleep.
This particular snoring mouthpiece is soft and flexible. There’s no need for you to custom fit it to your mouth. It’s a one-size fit all mouthpiece and it’s very easy to wear.
The Good Morning Snore Solution can safely help you get some sleep so that you wouldn’t feel so exhausted when you wake up in the morning.
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