Do You Have Sleep Apnea?
If you’re drowsy for no reason during the middle of the day, snore loudly, or find yourself waking up in the middle of the night breathless, then you may be one of the 12 million Americans affected by sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea causes your breathing to stop as many as 20-30 times per hour while you sleep. When you stop breathing, your brain gets worried and wakes you up to get you breathing properly again. You only wake for a short time, so you don’t even remember waking up. In fact, many sleep apnea sufferers believe they’re getting a full night’s sleep. However, they are not, since constantly waking during the night keeps you from entering deep sleep. This causes you to feel tired during the day.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can be a serious medical issue, increasing blood pressure as well as the risk of stroke and heart failure. It can also lead to problems at work (or school) because you are constantly fatigued and never fully rested. This can also be very dangerous while driving. There are also cases where sleep apnea has resulted in complications with surgery and medication, as lying flat and receiving anesthesia can cause more problems. That’s why it’s important to let us know if you have any of the signs of sleep apnea.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
These are a few of the symptoms of sleep apnea:
- Accidentally falling asleep during the day
- Difficulty sleeping/insomnia
- Drowsiness during the daytime, as though you didn’t get any sleep at all
- Headaches when you wake up
- Loud snoring
- Making choking sounds while sleeping
- Waking up in the middle of the night with shortness of breath
Depending on the severity and kind of sleep apnea you’re suffering from, treatment will vary. Some treatments involve changing behaviors and habits (losing weight, quitting smoking, sleeping on your side instead of your back). Oral devices are also useful in preventing blockage in your throat. However, some cases will require surgery.
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