Sleep apnea is a medical condition where people’s airways become obstructed or partially obstructed during sleep. This can cause a major disruption in a person’s sleep pattern and contributes to a host of other health issues over time. Some of these health problems include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and weight gain. So what exactly are sleep apnea symptoms or signs and what are some treatments?
The most common sign of obstructive sleep apnea is loud and ongoing snoring. There may be pauses and choking and/ or gasping may follow. This snoring is typically loudest when you sleep on your back and it may or may not be less noisy when sleeping on your side. Over time snoring can increase in volume and occur more frequently. Because you will be asleep when these episodes occur, it is unlikely that you will be aware of the symptoms and how severe they are if you are aware that you have sleep apnea. Usually a family member or significant other notices the problem before you do. It is also important to note that not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. It all depends on whether or not breathing is interrupted during sleep.
Another common sleep apnea symptom is waking up and chronically feeling tired. Some people find themselves falling asleep quickly during quiet times in their day. Even if you do not suffer from sleepiness during the day you should talk to your doctor if you find yourself having breathing issues during sleep.
Some other signs or symptoms of sleep apnea include:
Sleep apnea also does not just occur in adults, but can also affect children. Children with sleep apnea tend to be hyperactive, have poor school performance and may present hostile or angry behavior. They may also breathe through their mouths instead of their noses during the day.
There are many treatment options available for those suffering from sleep apnea. You should always consult your doctor to determine if you have sleep apnea or before determining a course of treatment. The following are some treatment plans available to patients.