I’ve been tired a lot lately. I wake up tired, even when I sleep a full night. My doctor has checked my thyroid, my blood pressure, my vitamin D levels. Nothing has panned out. A friend said it could be sleep apnea. Can that make you tired? If it is sleep apnea, will I have to wear one of those Darth Vader masks?
Andrea M. – San Diego
Your friend could be right. When you have sleep apnea, you actually wake up many times a night without realizing it because you stop breathing. Not only is it disruptive to your rest, but it is also dangerous.
If you see a dentist who treats sleep apnea they can help you. The solution may be as simple as wearing an oral appliance (which resembles a sports mouthguard). There are many things your dentist can use to solve your sleep apnea problem without forcing you to use a CPAP (the Darth Vader machine).
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