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The primary symptoms of sleep apnea are frequent disruptions of one’s sleep and inadequate levels of oxygen throughout the night. These nighttime symptoms cause increased sleepiness during the day, along with fatigue and flagging energy. However, there are other symptoms to watch out for.
One of the most cited symptoms of sleep apnea is loud snoring. Snoring is caused by vibrations in upper respiratory airways while you sleep. These vibrations occur when the airways suffer blockage, and the passage of air is restricted. However, many people that snore also don’t have sleep apnea, so it isn’t necessarily a guarantee that one has this condition. If you snore loudly and chronically almost every night, it could indicate a case of sleep apnea, so come in and check with us so we can give you an accurate diagnosis.
If you have sleep apnea, you can still feel tired even if you got seven to nine hours of sleep the previous night. This is because the frequent interruptions to your sleep cycle contribute to a considerable loss of sleep at night, in terms of both quality and quantity.
A frequent, and frequently overlooked, symptom of sleep apnea is excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS). This is a term for ongoing fatigue during the day. You may have EDS if:
Hypertension has ties to sleep apnea. If you stop breathing periodically throughout the night, you have less oxygen entering the brain. These lower levels of oxygen cause blood vessels to widen, leading to vascular headaches and higher blood pressure. When the brain awakes from sleep, and it realizes that it doesn’t have high enough oxygen levels in the blood, it constricts the blood vessels to get the blood moving.
When this process happens over and over throughout the night whenever an apnea event occurs, your body becomes accustomed to this constriction of blood vessels, and your blood pressure remains high even during the day when you breathe normally.
Sleep apnea also causes sore throat, headaches in the morning, short-term memory loss, and diminished concentration and decision making. Other daytime symptoms include mood swings, irritability, anxiety, depression, and falling asleep at the wheel. Sleep apnea patients are at higher risks of automotive accidents, along with other problems in their daily lives due to these complications.
If any number of these symptoms hit home for you, contact us right away. If we don’t treat sleep apnea, it can lead to a wealth of other serious health problems, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, diabetes, arrhythmias, heart attacks, and stroke. There is no reason to suffer through sleep apnea since we can treat it so effectively with CPAP and alternative methods.
For more information, please contact our office at 817-678-7395.