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Are you always feeling tired, even when you get a good night’s sleep? Do you have trouble staying awake during the day or fall asleep during inappropriate times, such as talking, eating or driving? Excessive daytime sleepiness is a symptom of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing or your breathing slows while you’re asleep.

The most common form is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), in which your tongue, tonsils or other tissues in the back of the throat relax so much that they block your airway. This can last 10 to 30 seconds and can happen hundreds of times a night. This disruption in your sleeping pattern can lead to fatigue, exhaustion and other long-term side effects. When you don’t spend enough time in a deep sleep allowing your body to recharge, you end up with fragmented sleep, which results in daytime drowsiness. People suffering from sleep apnea are often chronically tired and chronically underperforming.

Other symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Gasping for air while you sleep
  • Morning headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Sore throat
  • Mood swings

Fortunately, there are a number of methods available for treating sleep apnea. If you’re tired of being tired and would like to learn more about sleep apnea treatment, please contact Calgary, Alberta, dentist Dr. Jennifer Silver at the Southcentre Dental Clinic.