Vivid Nightmares May be a Sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Obstructive sleep apnea impacts an estimated one in five adults in the United States, but research has found that only around 10% of these cases are ever diagnosed. This poses serious health risks for the remaining 90% of people experiencing the condition.

Untreated sleep apnea can result in metabolic syndrome, an increased risk for heart attack and stroke, and an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The condition may also cause:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Excessive daytime fatigue
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Mood swings

What are the Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:

  • Snoring
  • Waking at night while gasping for air
  • Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
  • Difficulties staying awake

A recent study has found that vivid nightmares may also be an indication of sleep apnea, particularly those involving an inability to breathe. According to researchers, dreams involving drowning, choking, being trapped in space without oxygen, and similarly frightening experiences may be a subconscious reaction to the periods of breath cessation common with obstructive sleep apnea.

Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea

The most common treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP, a machine that forces oxygen into the nose or mouth via tubes and facemasks. However, CPAP devices are uncomfortable for many patients and are often entirely unnecessary for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

We are pleased to offer safe and comfortable CPAP alternatives that have proven to be highly effective in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. The oral devices provided by our office are customized to fit unobtrusively into the patient’s mouth where they work to hold soft tissue in place during sleep. When combined with lifestyle changes, such as a commitment to getting plenty of exercise, not smoking, and eating a well-balanced diet, these devices can help to put an end to obstructive sleep apnea, eliminating the risks of the disorder while improving the quality of your life.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, we encourage you to call our Depew office at 716-656-8686 to schedule a consultation right away. We welcome patients from Orchard Park, Buffalo, and all nearby areas of New York.