It’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea.
We all know that sleep is critical for health and well-being, but if you wake up exhausted and find yourself having trouble staying away throughout the day, you could be dealing with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can’t be cured, but our Winchester, VA, neurologists can diagnose and help you manage your symptoms to improve sleep quality and your health.
What are the warning signs of sleep apnea?
If you are dealing with sleep issues, many sleep disorders could be to blame. Here are some signs that you might be dealing with sleep apnea,
- Your partner comments that you stop breathing for several seconds throughout the night
- You wake up gasping for air
- You are a chronic snorer, or you snore most nights loudly
- You deal with frequent morning headaches
- You experience brain fog and trouble concentrating
- You wake up exhausted despite getting a full night’s rest
- You find yourself more irritable and prone to mood swings
- You find yourself falling asleep at your desk or behind the wheel of your car
If you said “yes” to some of these statements above, you could likely be dealing with sleep apnea. The problem is that many people don’t even realize they have it. Still, it’s important that you schedule an evaluation with our Winchester, VA, neurologists so that we can perform the appropriate sleep tests to diagnose you.
What happens if I don’t treat sleep apnea?
Ignoring or leaving sleep apnea untreated is detrimental to your health and wellbeing. Not only does it impact your sleep quality, but also it can negatively affect your work performance and relationships. It can also leave you prone to injuries and accidents. Worse yet, untreated sleep apnea can also increase your risk for,
- Heart attack
- Cardiovascular disease
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- High blood pressure
Why should I turn to a neurologist?
A neurologist specializes in treating conditions affecting central and peripheral nervous systems. While a sleep specialist can treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) since this is a breathing disorder, if you are dealing with central sleep apnea, you’ll want a neurologist who knows how to treat this central nervous system condition.
In fact, our Winchester, VA, neurologists treat sleep apnea and other types of sleep problems, including insomnia and narcolepsy. We’ll be able to detect whether your sleep apnea could be neurological and provide you with a treatment plan to help you manage your symptoms.
Do you suspect that you might have sleep apnea? If so, our Winchester, VA, team can perform a sleep study to determine your sleep problems. To get started, call Winchester Neurological Consultants at (540) 667-1828.