What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea?

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Affecting millions of people across the nation, sleep apnoea is a condition in which breathing is paused during sleeping. In most cases, breathing is delayed for about 10-20 seconds, but it can last much longer, and these pauses can occur hundreds of times in a single evening. Sleep apnoea can cause sleep deprivation and significantly more serious concerns, so it’s important to recognize the symptoms and get help. Our dentists at The Paddington Dental Surgery are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnoea, and we’re here to help.

You may wonder how you’re supposed to know if you have a condition that occurs when you’re sleeping, but many symptoms can alert you to a problem. Snoring is one of the most common, but there are several others, including:

  • Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth
  • Waking up often at night
  • Insomnia
  • Using the bathroom frequently during the night
  • Difficulty concentrating during the day
  • Moodiness, irritability, and depression
  • Headaches upon waking
  • Fitful or restless sleep
  • Impotence

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms and believe you may have sleep apnoea, it’s imperative that you speak to a doctor. Sleep apnoea can have serious, life-shortening consequences, and treatment can be very effective in managing the effects. Talk to us today to learn more.

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