Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious disorder that interrupts breathing during sleep and can lead to a number of physical and mental health problems. But how do you know if you have sleep apnea? Here, our Surrey dentist explains a few of the symptoms of this common disorder.
Sleep apnea isn't just snoring. Those who suffer from sleep apnea experience pauses in their breathing while asleep, meaning that not enough air reaches their lungs.
It's important that those suffering from sleep apnea seek diagnosis and treatment.
Often people who have sleep apnea don't even know it. Sleep apnea can gradually develop over time, and many people aren't aware that the difficulties they're experiencing in their day to day lives may be caused by sleep apnea.
That's why it's important to know what the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea are.
Two key symptoms of sleep apnea are:
- Snoring or noticing pauses in your breathing while sleeping.
- Feeling sleepy throughout the day (due to poor sleep quality at night).
Other indications that you may be suffering from sleep apnea include:
- You're aware that you're gasping or choking during sleep.
- You wake in the morning with headaches.
- You find that you are irritable.
- You’re suffering from fatigue or generally feel very tired.
- You can’t seem to concentrate.
- You are experiencing memory problems/ memory loss.
- You’re feeling depressed.
- You have high blood pressure.