It can be hard to know when you are suffering with the sleeping condition that is “sleep apnea.” After all, how are you meant to know what you get up to when you are at sleep? If you have a partner, you may be lucky enough to catch it early by them telling you that you are breathing funny in your sleep, but if you are without a partner or spend a lot of time sleeping by yourself, for example, a traveling businessman etc. then this medical complaint may be very difficult to catch!
For the most part, people usually realize that they have a problem when they jerk awake in their sleep due to the breathing pattern changing and stopping for an extended length of time. It may even be the very loud and room-vibrating snore that wakes them up. If you are waking up for seemingly no reason whatsoever then there is a good chance that you are suffering with sleep apnea. There are a few other symptoms that you can look out for but these will happen, not when you are awake but, as after-effects, during your daily routine.
Headaches in the morning are a good sign that you are suffering from sleep apnea, especially if they have been happening over a long period of time, or getting worse in intensity. This is even more so a symptom if you are normally a person that is wide awake in the morning and it is your favorite part of the day.
Concentration may lack with sleep apnea and you may even find that you are struggling to remember even the simplest of things. All of these things put together can add to how irritable you are, especially if you have not been getting enough sleep, and you may even find yourself having massive mood swings or even feeling rather depressed. On top of that, a common symptom of having sleep apnea is having to get up in the middle of the night to find a toilet and if this is something that is happening more and more often, you should definitely consult medical advice!
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Last but not least, and this is a symptom that applies to snorers as well as those suffering with sleep apnea, you may wake up with a very, very dry throat and one that is almost painful in nature. These are common signs and symptoms of having sleep apnea, but often go unnoticed and for the most part, they can all be explained by a huge variety of other things.
Children will usually suffer with sleep apnea in a worse way than their adult counterparts, and the symptoms in younger people suffering with this medical complaint have shown a number of different patterns and signs – bed wetting, hostile attitudes and behavior, varied and unusual positions during sleep and even a change in their breathing pattern from breathing through the nose to suddenly breathing through their mouths while they are awake.One thing that you must remember is that you might snore, but this doesn’t always mean that you have sleep apnea.
This is a completely different medical condition altogether. During sleep apnea, the airways that are usually open for you to breathe through can become constricted or closed which causes the sudden stopping of breath. Being overweight can lead to this medical condition happening, as well as it being one of those things that can “just happen” as you get older.
In the long term, if sleep apnea is not treated, the lack of oxygen making its way to your brain and blood while you sleep can cause a number of other medical problems including blood pressure increasing, heart attack risks getting higher and in some severe cases, heart failure. It is important to seek medical advice if you think that something is wrong with the way that you sleep regardless if a partner has told you or you, within yourself, notice something different.