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Cognitive Problems Caused by Sleep Apnea

added on: May 14, 2020

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When it comes to diagnosing sleep apnea, we often look for symptoms like snoring, consistent dry or sore throat in the morning, and waking up gasping for air. These are all common sleep apnea symptoms, but not everyone with sleep apnea snores or realizes that their sleep is being interrupted throughout the night, which is why it’s important to also take a look at the symptoms of sleep deprivation.

Both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea can greatly reduce the quality of sleep that a patient gets every night, which can have broad negative effects on their day-to-day life. Sleep deprivation can have a variety of mental effects, and the patient may not even connect that their poor quality of sleep is what is causing them to feel anxious or drift off into space during the day.

Signs of Sleep Deprivation

  • Difficulty waking up in the morning
  • Increased clumsiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Lack of motivation
  • Weakened immune system
  • Memory problems
  • Increase in aggression, quick to anger
  • Increase in anxiety and/or depression
  • ”Crashing” toward the end of the day

If any of the signs of sleep deprivation ring true for you, and especially if you have other symptoms of sleep apnea, we recommend completing a sleep study to receive an official diagnosis. Only a sleep doctor can formally diagnose sleep apnea and other sleep disorders that result in a lack of sleep or poor sleep.

Get Better Sleep for a Better You!

If you already know that you have sleep apnea, ask our team about our non-invasive, cost-effective oral appliances for sleep apnea. Our team creates custom nightguards for patients with sleep apnea that hold the jaw in a comfortable position to allow airflow to continue uninterrupted during sleep. Simply wearing a custom oral appliance at night could be the key to improving not only the quality of your sleep, but the quality of your life.