Signs of sleep apnea
Do you often wake up feeling very tired no matter how much sleep you have gotten the night before? Do you also wake up with a morning headache just about every day? Have you been told by your bed partner that you snore and often wake up gasping for air? If you can answer yes to all of these questions then there is a good chance that you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is common sleep disorder in where the person will undergo cycles during sleep where the breathing stops. This cycle will continue as the breathing resumes and then stops again. Sleep apnea is often hard to diagnose and many doctors will look at for the signs of sleep apnea to help determine if one is suffering from sleep apnea.
The signs of sleep apnea will often vary from patient and the severity of the sleep apnea. One of the first signs of sleep apnea that is noted is the extreme fatigue that people feel. Since people with sleep apnea are getting next to no sleep it is evident why they would feel tired and drained during the day. The daytime sleepiness is often one of the first telltale signs of sleep apnea. Most people who suffer from sleep apnea will not recall waking up numerous times in the night. So in many cases people are often very confused on why they are feeling so tired all the time. After all they are under the impression that they are getting a sound’s night sleep. This is why it is very important to understand all the signs of sleep apnea as in many cases sleep apnea can go undiagnosed.
Other signs of sleep apnea include mood changes such as being cranky all the time or getting frustrated at the drop of hat. People with sleep apnea will report having a lower level of tolerance for the small things and life and this can often cause strained family and social relations. Have you ever been tired and snapped at your best friend for no reason? It happens from time to time and we chalk that up to not getting enough sleep. Can you imagine if you felt that way all the time?
Some other sleep apnea signs to look for include short and long term memory loss, inability to think clear, morning headaches, dry mouth, loss of balance and delayed reaction times. The problem is that all of these signs of sleep apnea can also be related to other medical conditions. If you feel that you may have sleep apnea consult with your doctor. It is also a good idea to keep a journal of all the signs of sleep apnea that you have as well as sleep journal. Try and jot down when you go to bed and when you wake up as well if you can recall waking up during the night. All of these can help your doctor in determine if you have sleep apnea.