What are the symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

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What are the symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

What are the symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder characterized by repeated interruptions in breathing throughout the sleep cycle.

Sleep apnea affects 5-10% of adults in the United States, though a majority of sufferers go undiagnosed. Potentially dangerous symptoms, such as snoring , are often overlooked.

Sleep Apnea is a potentially life-threatening condition that usually occurs when a constriction in the upper respiratory tract blocks the passage of air during sleep. People with sleep apnea may stop breathing for up to a minute at a time, as frequently as several hundred times during the night. The result is disrupted, restless sleep and a reduced intake of oxygen. Left untreated, apnea can contribute to serious and costly cardiovascular and neurological problems including high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.

“Sleep Apnea is a potentially life-threatening condition that usually occurs when a constriction in the upper respiratory tract blocks the passage of air during sleep.”

These interruptions, called apneas, are caused by the collapse of soft tissue in the airway, which prevents oxygen from reaching the lungs.

Weak muscles in the airway, a large tongue, obesity, and other factors may cause airway tissue to collapse and obstruct breathing.

Sleep apnea disrupts the sleep cycle and can dramatically impact energy, mental performance, and long term health. In some cases, if left untreated, sleep apnea can be fatal.

Untreated sleep apnea is associated with a number of health risks, so it’s important to consult a sleep specialist if you experience the following signs and symptoms:

Common sleep apnea symptoms include:
  • Waking up with a very sore or dry throat.
  • Loud snoring.
  • Occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation.
  • Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day.
  • Sleepiness while driving.
  • Morning headaches.
  • Restless sleep.
  • Forgetfulness, mood changes, and a decreased interest in sex
  • Chronic, loud snoring
  • Dry mouth in morning
  • Morning headaches
  • Gasping or choking episodes during sleep
  • Mood/behavior changes
  • Loss of energy or constant fatigue
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Irritability or short temper
  • Signs of heart failure or enlargement
  • High blood pressure
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Impotence

If you’ve got one or more of these symptoms ask your doctor if you need a sleep study?

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