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Can Sleep Apnea Worsen During the Winter Months?

Sleep apnea is a common, yet serious sleep disorder that often goes undiagnosed. It is characterized by pauses in breathing while you sleep. This can happen repeatedly throughout the night, but many people are not fully aware they have it.

The condition can affect anyone, even children. If you are male, overweight and/or over the age of 40, you’re at a higher risk. You can also have an increased risk if you have nasal congestion or obstruction caused by issues such as a deviated septum or allergies.

Signs You May Have Sleep Apnea

The most obvious symptoms of sleep apnea are loud snoring, gasping, or choking sounds during sleep and feelings of extreme sleepiness during the day.

However, symptoms can may also include the following:

  • A sore or dry throat when you wake up
  • Morning headaches
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Awakening frequently at night
  • Restless sleep
  • Problems with concentration
  • Learning and memory problems
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Depression
  • Irregular heartbeat

Does Sleep Apnea Get Worse in the Winter?

An extensive, long-term study conducted in Brazil indicates that sleep apnea can get worse during winter months. .

Patients in winter months had more nighttime stoppages in breathing when compared to patients who sought treatment in warmer months. Patients stopped breathing 18 times an hour on average in colder months compared to 15 times an hour in warmer months.

Scientists say this finding could be due to a variety of reasons;

  • Winter-related illnesses can affect the upper airway, making sleep apnea symptoms worse.
  • Breathing in smoke from burning wood in fireplaces can worsen symptoms.
  • During the winter months, the air is much drier which can irritate air passages, thus increasing the frequency of sleep apnea related episode

Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment in Pasadena

While there are many reliable treatments for sleep apnea, we utilize a minimally invasive approach at Pasadena Pain Management that focuses on dental forces that may be contributing to the condition.

Sleep apnea — in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts while you sleep — can be a potentially deadly condition that deserves immediate treatment. If you snore loudly at night, or wake up feeling extremely tired — you may be a sleep apnea candidate at Pasadena Pain Management.

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About Pasadena Pain Management

Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.