Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Sleep problems have become quite common in the recent time. Have you ever wondered why? Well…there can be too many reasons for this. Some people cannot sleep due to excessive stress, some suffer from depression while many other face problem while sleeping due to some kind of physical ailment. There can be many other reasons which do not help a person to fall sleep.

In some cases the problem can be so serious that it needs medical help. Problems like insomnia, sleep apnea or somnambulism are all common sleep related problems that are commonly observed among people today. Different problems have different symptoms and this article will mainly throw light on the symptoms of sleep apnea. A headache or little drowsiness can be some common symptoms of a normal person who kept awake throughout the night for work or for a party.

But if these symptoms keep appearing to a person each and every day as well as each and every night…then that becomes a problem. It can be even be the possible symptoms of sleep apnea. Are you feeling extremely tired while working during the daytime? Are you having any kind of breathing problems while sleeping? Well…in that case there are chances for you to suffer from sleep apnea. However, it’s quite difficult to identify yourself whether you are having breathing problems while sleeping. Now, let’s try to figure out the most common symptoms of sleep apnea one after the other.

Breathing problems while sleeping: This is considered to be the commonly observed symptom of the disorder called sleep apnea. In this case, the person will have irregular and loud snoring as well as frequent ceases while breathing.

It is a fact that the bed partner will be able to hear your snoring loudly and he/she would also get scared when he/she observes that you have stopped breathing for minimum 30 seconds. The bed partner might even worry that you would eventually die while sleeping.
 Extreme daytime sleepiness: This is one more commonly observed sleep apnea symptom. You might feel extremely tired in the day time while working or while driving or while watching movies. Everywhere you will feel a sense of tiredness and fatigue.
·       Short term memory, Morning headaches, and lack of concentration: If you are suffering from sleep apnea, sufficient air will not be able to enter the lungs while sleeping. The oxygen amount in the blood also gets reduced. With low level of oxygen in the blood, the brain can be affected. The brain would release the stress hormones which would increase the blood pressure level, risk of stroke, heart attack and less regular heart rhythm. 
With the passage of time, the symptoms of sleep apnea pass through many stages. The personality of the person suffering from sleep apnea will change as a result of which he may start suffering from acute depression.

The other common symptoms of sleep apnea can include the following

  • You wake up with un-refreshed feeling. You can also have problems related to concentration and memory. You can not only feel extremely tired but there can also be personality changes.  
  • Headaches during the early morning or during the night. Almost half of the people suffering from sleep apnea have headaches.
  • Heartburn or sour taste inside your mouth during the night.
  • Swelling of legs in case you’re obese.
  • Getting up at night for urinating (nocturia).
  • Chest pain and Sweating while sleeping.

Sleep apnea symptoms that other people might notice include

·         Episodes of apnea (time period when the person does not breathe), which might occur as less as 5 times in 1 hour (mild apnea) till greater than 50 times in 1 hour (a severe apnea). The more is the number of episodes, the more severe is the sleep apnea.
·         Restless turning and tossing during sleep.
·         Gasping spells or nighttime choking.  
Though on a rare situation, yet some children can suffer from sleep apnea. The symptoms will depend upon the age of the child.
  • In children who are less than 5 years, the common symptoms can be sweating, restlessness, snoring, mouth breathing, and frequent waking.
In children who are 5 years or more, the symptoms can be like bed wetting, snoring, poor performance in school, and improper development.
Therefore, whether you are an adult or a child, sleep apnea should be treated as early as possible just when the symptoms start to show. Therefore, go through this section carefully to find out whether you are at risk or not.

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