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Do You Have the Signs of Sleep Apnea?

Is it time to call the doctor?

Daytime Sleepiness

Daytime Sleepiness

Tiredness during routine
activities even after a full
night’s sleep

Snoring

Snoring

Loud persistent snoring
that occurs frequently

Morning Headaches

Morning Headaches

Early morning headache
experienced frequently

Abrupt Awakenings

Abrupt Awakenings

Choking or gasping for air
during sleep and restlessness

Do You Have the Signs of Sleep Apnea?

The signs of sleep apnea are often overlooked by physicians and patients alike. Why? Because they are very broad and can be mistaken for signs of other problems. One of the most common amd easily identified signs of sleep apnea is loud and ongoing snoring. While asleep, pauses in breathing may occur, sometimes followed by choking or gasping for air – these are called apneas. Often times, people do not realize they are having these apneas until a partner complains about snoring. It’s important to note that not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. However, if you notice that you’re not getting a good night’s rest and you’re always tired while completing everyday tasks, you may be showing signs of sleep apnea. Here are a few more signs and symptoms of sleep apnea:

  • Loud or frequent snoring
  • Pauses in breathing
  • Choking or gasping during the night
  • Daytime fatigue and sleepiness
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Irritability
Only 40% of those with obstructive sleep apnea are estimated to have been diagnosed. Undiagnosed sleep apnea can have grave consequences including increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and traffic accidents. The National Highway Safety Administration has also stated that drowsy driving is responsible for at the very least, 100,000 car accidents per year.

Get Started with a Self-Assessment Today

Consult with your physician if you feel that any of these signs and symptoms apply to you. Your physician will evaluate you and recommend a sleep test, if needed, to determine if you are at risk of sleep apnea or another respiratory dysfunction.

By |2018-01-08T12:30:04-05:00October 20th, 2016|