Wondering if you have sleep apnea? It can be tough to identify on your own. Even though most nights are marked by chronic breathing problems and disrupted sleep, you might not recognize the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, and instead chalk it up to a bad snoring problem.
Sleep apnea sufferers usually experience hundreds of “breathing pauses” during the night that can last up to 20 seconds. After a pause, it’s common for breathing to resume with a loud snort or gasp. These pauses interrupt natural sleeping rhythms and keep you from entering deep, restful sleep (not to mention how they affect your partner’s sleep). And while loud snoring is frequently associated with the disorder, it is not a tell tale sign of sleep apnea.
If you think you might have sleep apnea, begin monitoring yourself during the day to observe common daytime symptoms. Sleep apnea causes sleep deprivation, resulting in poor energy and concentration levels. Ask yourself the following questions. Do you often…
- Wake up with a headache?
- Wake up with a sore throat or dry mouth?
- Feel sleepy throughout the day?
- Experience difficulty when trying to concentrate?
- Have problems remembering things?
- Fall asleep while watching TV or reading (or even driving?)
- Find yourself feeling irritable, moody or depressed?
Answering yes to one or more of the above could mean you have sleep apnea. When left untreated, the disorder can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, heart failure and depression.
To find out if you have sleep apnea and what can be done about it, contact the sleep apnea specialists at Austin Oral Surgery today. The sooner you call the sooner you can feel refreshed and alert once again.