A new study has found that nightmares involving drowning, choking, floating away in space, and similar scenarios may be linked to obstructive sleep apnea, a condition impacting an estimated 20% of the adult population in the United States. According to the study’s authors, in people with obstructive sleep apnea, these dreams may be a subconscious reaction to the physical experience of not being able to breathe while sleeping. With the mind unable to rationalize breath cessation, vivid dreams may take over, acting as a warning to those who suffer from them that something is amiss.

If you have recurring dreams involving not being able to breathe, it is a good idea to think about additional symptoms of sleep apnea that you may be experiencing. These can include snoring, frequently, waking with a dry mouth or sore throat, chronic morning headaches, an unusual amount of daytime fatigue, mood swings, and memory and concentration problems, all of which should prompt an immediate call to our office for a treatment consultation.

Why Treat Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is linked to a range of serious conditions that may increase risks for long-term and potentially fatal complications, including metabolic syndrome, which increases risks for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type of sleep apnea, may also increase risks for a range of emotional issues including mood disorders, depression, anxiety, and aggression, along with memory loss, concentration problems, and an inability to stay awake during the day. To avoid these and similar issues, it’s a good idea to discuss symptoms of sleep apnea with an experienced sleep doctor – and to seek immediate treatment when diagnosed with the disorder.

We offer a selection of non-surgical CPAP alternatives to treat sleep apnea. Safe and comfortable, these oral devices help to keep soft tissue in place and gently angle the jaw for optimal oxygen flow while you sleep. Worn consistently, these sleep apnea devices can help to prevent serious systemic issues and help you get the restful and complete night’s sleep you deserve.

If you would like to learn more about the sleep apnea treatment options available through our office, please call Desert Smiles at 602-978-1790 to schedule your treatment consultation right away.

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