James R. Stewart DDS

Sleep Apnea Symptoms in Livonia, MI

While you may not be consciously aware of the most common and obvious symptoms of severe sleep apnea because you are sleeping through them, there are symptoms that occur while you are awake, including daytime sleepiness, and irritability. When such symptoms affect your daily experiences, contact our office to schedule an appointment. The sooner you address sleep apnea, the quicker we can help you resolve your sleepless nights.

Nighttime Symptoms

You may not be aware of symptoms that occur during sleep because your body’s response to your closed airway passages is rapid and automatic. Unless someone witnesses your symptoms, or you monitor your sleep with a visual recording, you may never know you have a sleep disorder. However, there are other ways to narrow down your diagnosis. Look over the following nighttime symptoms to get started:

  • Suddenly waking up during sleep, gasping for air
  • Excessive, loud snoring
  • Moments during sleep when you suddenly stop breathing, then wake up and begin breathing again

Obvious Exhaustion-Associated Symptoms

Because severe sleep apnea consistently disrupts your sleep, symptoms associated with exhaustion are common and can become debilitating. Exhaustion-related issues that may inhibit your day-to-day functioning include:

  • Chronic fatigue, even though you think you experienced a good night’s sleep
  • Trouble concentrating, even on normal daily tasks
  • Suddenly exhibiting memory problems that you never experienced before
  • Irritability for no apparent reason

Painful Symptoms

Obstructive sleep apnea often causes aches and pains that you may think belong to other disorders. Pain-related symptoms can include:

  • Heartburn, or the sensation of burning behind your sternum
  • Acid reflux, or the sensations that occur when acid splashes back up into your esophagus – this may include a sour taste in your mouth, a burning sensation in your chest, burping, and indigestion
  • Morning headaches

Commonly Overlooked Symptoms

Some symptoms are not so obvious. They may be common to a wide range of disorders, or you simply never considered their significance. Such symptoms can include:

Schedule a Sleep Consultation with Dr. Stewart in Livonia, MI

If you think you are dealing with a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea or snoring, contact Dental Sleep Medicine of Michigan in Livonia at 734-425-4400 as soon as possible. We are excited to meet you and provide you with the relief that you’ve been searching for. Dr. James Stewart and our compassionate team are committed to forming trusting relationships with our patients, so we can work together to achieve sound treatment and a future full of restful nights. Located in Livonia on Middlebelt Road, we happily serve patients from Livonia, Farmington Hills, Farmington, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Garden City, Westland, Redford, and surrounding communities.