Nightmares May be a Sign of Sleep Apnea

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Nightmares, particularly those involving choking, drowning, or being trapped in space, may be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) according to a new study. Vivid nightmares surrounding breathing difficulties are often a subconscious response to actual physical struggle according to researchers. Dreams in which you cannot breathe may be a reaction to the periods of breath cessation that occur regularly during sleep in people with OSA.

Common Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Nightmares may be common among people suffering from OSA, but they may not be the most obvious signs of the disorder. Common signs to watch for include:

  • Chronic snoring
  • Frequently waking with a sore throat
  • Morning headaches
  • Persistent dry mouth
  • Excessive daytime fatigue
  • Memory and concentration problems

When left untreated, sleep apnea may be a risk factor for heart disease and cardiac arrest. OSA can also increase risks for hypertension, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and more. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of OSA, it is a good idea to schedule a diagnostic evaluation at the Center for Dental Sleep Medicine to learn if one of the safe and non-invasive treatments we offer could help restore a restful night’s sleep.

Treating OSA

At our Hoboken office, we are pleased to offer comfortable, non-surgical alternatives to CPAP for the treatment of sleep apnea. These easy-to-use treatment options work to reduce symptoms like snoring while helping to keep airways open while you sleep, helping to ensure continuous airflow, and to prevent the most severe consequences of sleep apnea. During your treatment consultation, we can discuss the particulars of your condition to help you choose the most effective option for your needs. In some instances, lifestyle changes may be needed to help ensure the most successful results. We can discuss these in addition to treatment options as needed.

Sleep apnea impacts approximately one in five U.S. adults, but an estimated 90% of these cases remain undiagnosed. If you suspect you are suffering from OSA, acting now can help to reduce your risks for serious systemic health issues. Call us at 201-792-9400 to schedule a consultation and learn more.