Snoring can be one of those things that’s difficult to talk about. Not only is it a nuisance, bothering your partner and embarrassing your children, but for some it can feel like your body is betraying you. How can you stop something that happens in your sleep, outside your control? For these reasons and more, many choose to just live with the embarrassment instead of seeking help, but this attitude could turn into a costly mistake.

Frequent snoring could be symptom of sleep apnea, a dangerous sleep disorder that can turn deadly. Sleep apnea is characterized by repeated pauses in the breathing cycle during sleep. While our body naturally stops breathing during sleep, if this occurs more than 4 to 5 times within an hour, or if the pauses in breathing last for a long period of time, it can begin to dramatically affect our blood oxygen levels, increasing our chances of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and weight gain.

If your partner has accused you of snoring, and you haven’t yet spoken to a doctor, here are three signs that your snoring could be more serious than you think.

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You Are Frequently Tired

You’ve done your research and know that most people ages 26-64 need about 7-9 hours. You’ve experimented with melatonin, yoga before bed, herbal tea, but can’t seem to wake up feeling rested. If this is the case, chances are good that your tiredness is not about the amount of sleep you’re getting, but the quality of sleep. Sleep apnea can make it difficult for your body to regulate itself during sleep, making it difficult to feel fully rested. It’s also very common for those with sleep apnea to wake frequently during the night, even if they don’t remember doing so.

Sleep is incredibly important for just about every bodily function, and is what allows us to be productive and happy. If you’re not feeling well rested, you should see a doctor.

Morning Headaches

When our body’s blood-oxygen levels are low, our blood vessels contract to allow more blood to flow through them. This contraction can often cause vascular headaches that hit us hardest in the mornings. If you’ve been experiencing headaches that are more frequent than normal, you should seek testing for sleep apnea.

Choking Sensations

The most common form of sleep apnea is OSA, or Obstructive sleep apnea, which is sleep apnea conditioned by blockages in the airways due to the size of your tongue, shape of your throat, allergies, and exacerbated by things like smoking or weight gain. A common sign of OSA is snoring followed by choking sounds, which can wake you up suddenly.

If you suspect you have sleep apnea or have already been diagnosed, your dentist can provide treatment using various drug-free methods. At StarImage Dentistry, we offer oral appliances that will help to reposition the jaw, holding your airway open through the night.

If you are tired of snoring or sleep apnea and want to get a good night’s rest, please call 940-322-2252 or contact us today for an appointment with a sleep dentist at StarImage Dentistry in Wichita Falls, TX.