What Are the Signs or Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
It is difficult to determine if you have sleep apnea, given that most of the signs or symptoms only happen when you are sleeping. Your spouse, family member or bed partner can observe your sleeping patterns and let you know about them the next day.
Many people can go years or even decades before realizing that something is wrong. It is also possible that your doctor may not realize that you have a sleeping problem. A sleep test is the only way to verify whether you have sleep apnea.
The book below is an excellent resource on the topic of sleep apnea, specifically the symptoms. Note that a new page will be displayed when the image or link is clicked.
One of the most common signs of obstructive sleep apnea is loud and chronic snoring. There may also be pauses in the snoring, followed by choking or gasping, but you may not remember doing so. The snoring is usually the loudest when you’re sleeping on your back and often times it will be less noisy when you sleep on your side. You may not snore every night but over time your snoring may get louder and more frequent.
Here is a short video explaining some of the symptoms that may indicate if you have sleep apnea.
Fighting fatigue during the day, at work, or while driving is another common sign of sleep apnea. You may find it very easy to fall asleep during a quiet period of the day when you’re not very active.
People with undiagnosed sleep apnea — may affect more than 20 million adults, according to the American Sleep Apnea Association.
Some of the symptoms to watch out for include:
- Loud snoring
- You stop breathing while asleep
- Waking up gasping for air or choking
- Feeling exhausted even after a night’s sleep
- Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
- Morning headaches or migraines
- Frequent visits to the washroom during the night
- Forgetfulness and/or difficulty concentrating
- Restless or fitful sleep
- Feeling of depression, irritability, or mood swings
- Children who have sleep apnea also may breathe through their mouths instead of their noses during the day
While snoring is one of the most common signs of obstructive sleep apnea, it should be noted that not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. However, most people who have sleep apnea do snore.
You can find other books on the topic of sleep apnea here. Please drop me a comment if you have found another book that you found informative on the topic of sleep apnea.