Did you know that approximately 22 million people are believed to suffer from some form of sleep apnea — either mild, moderate or severe? If you believe you fall into any of these categories, you might want to review the following criteria that can help you determine whether or not you should seek the help of a medical professional. Indicators of sleep apnea include how often you snore, and how easy it is for you to doze off during the day, among other things.
Before we take a deeper look at indicators, let’s get started by reviewing the three different types of sleep apnea:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
This is the most frequently seen form of sleep apnea, which typically occurs when the soft tissue at the back of the throat relaxes while a person is sleeping. Relaxed soft tissue can block a person’s airway, in varying degrees, and can be a cause of snoring.
Central Sleep Apnea
Far less common than obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea is connected to the central nervous system and occurs when a person’s brain doesn’t properly communicate with the muscles that control breathing. Snoring is NOT a symptom of this type of sleep apnea.
Complex Sleep Apnea
This is a combination of the two types of sleep apnea mentioned above.
SYMPTOMS OF SLEEP APNEA
Since you’re sleeping, self-diagnosis is not an easy task. If you have a significant other, calling upon their assistance, and documentation of what occurs, can prove helpful. You can also record yourself while you sleep and review yourself.
- Very loud snoring (a typical symptom of obstructive sleep apnea)
- Pauses in-between snoring, followed by choking and/or gasps
- Severe daytime sleepiness, also referred to as hypersomnia
- Falling asleep easily during the day when you’re not active
- Temporary cessation of breathing while sleeping
- Waking up abruptly, accompanied by a discernable shortness of breath (typical with central sleep apnea)
- Recurring morning headaches
- Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
- Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
- Concentration, memory or learning problems
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Please be advised that if you suspect you have any form of sleep apnea, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible.
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