Millions of people across the United States suffer from the chronic effects of sleep apnea, however, the vast majority of those people remain undiagnosed. While the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea are quite common, most people do not understand nor realize the significance and seriousness of receiving restful, refreshing and rejuvenating sleep or lack thereof, as in the case with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious, life altering, and in some cases potentially life threatening, condition and the following signs and symptoms must be taken with caution.
Know the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Although there are many signs of sleep apnea, snoring is one of the most common. While millions of people snore, few understand the consequences of what this sound often resembles—the collapse and narrowing of the airway, thus causing an obstruction for air to move into and out of the lungs. However, snoring is not always indicative of sleep apnea, for not everyone who snores has sleep apnea and not everyone who has sleep apnea snores. Besides snoring, other common signs and symptoms include:
- Morning headaches
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Snoring interrupted by pauses in breath
- Nighttime choking or gasping
- Lack of energy/daytime fatigue
- Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
- Loss of memory/forgetfulness
- Poor concentration
- Depressed mood
- Night sweats
- Weight gain
- Sexual dysfunction
- Awakening with a dry mouth
- Difficulty paying attention while awake
The signs and symptoms of sleep apnea are common and provide reliable evidence that one may have sleep apnea. However, the only way to confirm the presence of sleep apnea is to have an overnight recording of your breathing, heart rate and how much oxygen is in your blood at night. This is a simple process that Superior Sleep and Wellness can guide you through by walking with you hand-in-hand.
Please do not wait for one of these noticeable symptoms to lead to one or more of the serious health consequences for living with untreated sleep apnea. Superior Sleep and Wellness is here for you. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.