Sleep Apnea: Signs and Symptoms

Sufferers of sleep apnea can be identified by certain traits peculiar to this illness including the following:

Hypersomnia —If you feel excessively sleepy throughout the day, then you may suffer from hypersomnia. This goes beyond the occasional sleepiness to where you feel like you must lay down and rest.

Profound snoring — Snoring may not be a problem, but if the volume is high, then sleep apnea may be the cause. Those with obstructive sleep apnea tend to snore the loudest.

Breathing cessation — If you stop breathing while sleeping, then this is a certain sign of sleep apnea. Of course, you won’t personally know that you are suffering in this area, but the person who shares a bed with you most certainly will.

Sudden awakenings — If you suddenly awaken at night and have shortness of breath, then central sleep apnea may be present.

Desolate awakenings — Another key sign of sleep apnea is if you awaken in the morning with a sore throat or a dry mouth. Both can be associated with snoring.

A.M. headache — People who battle sleep apnea often awaken in the morning with a headache. If this is a common occurrence, then the condition should be considered.

Insomnia — Just as some people have trouble staying awake during the day, you may find yourself unable to sleep at night. This is a sign of insomnia, yet another indication that you may have sleep apnea.

Concentration problems — People suffering from sleep apnea are prone to attention problems. They’re unable to concentrate on matters at hand and often lose focus.

Doctor Time

Any one of the mentioned conditions is reason enough to make a doctor’s appointment. Other reasons include sleep patterns that disturb others in addition to yourself, shortness of breath, excessive drowsiness that may cause you to fall asleep behind the wheel or while watching television.

You should seriously consider making that appointment if you snore loudly and suddenly stop breathing. Chances are your condition is serious and will need medical attention.

Sleep apnea is typically treated by mouth pieces or breathing devices with the goal to restore regular breathing while you sleep, to relieve snoring and banish daytime sleepiness.

Sometimes, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is prescribed, with a mask that fits over your mouth or nose of both to regulate breathing. The way that a CPAP machine works is that air is gently blown into your mouth. This helps keep airways open and helps you breath evenly. Ultimately, it will help you sleep better and feel rested explains CPAPMan.com.

If surgery is required, then excess tissue found in the mouth or throat is removed. In some cases it involves resetting the lower jaw. In all cases, your doctor will discuss with you some options including shrinking or stiffening tissue instead of removing it.

So, if you suspect sleep apnea or your partner or spouse suggests that you do, then get some help. Likely, your insurance plan covers testing and may extend that to a device or surgery needed to correct the problem.