What is Sleep Apnea and what are the Symptoms?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) affects approximately 3 million Americans and has recently taken the stage as a more recognized medical issue.  OSA is characterized by the instances of apneas, when you actually stop breathing while sleeping.  This occurs because of a collapse of the soft tissue of your airway, actually eliminating the ability to breathe.  When these apneas occur, your body actually wakes you up in order to start you breathing again.  OSA sounds scary, and it really is if it is left untreated.  Luckily, there are quite a few signs that you could be suffering from sleep apnea, allowing clues for you to go see your doctor to get on your path to treatment.

One of the most obvious symptoms of OSA is the occurrence of these apneas.  Your partner may actually be able to notice these if they are near while you are sleeping.  You can notice them too; if you ever find yourself jolted awake, it could be your body waking you up to restart respiration.  Another very common symptom is loud snoring.  Again, your partner may complain of this and if you experience snoring with any other symptoms it is worth it to take a trip to a doctor.

There are plenty of other symptoms to look out for.  Because OSA greatly affects your quality of sleep, many of the symptoms are related.  Often, those with untreated OSA find themselves feeling tired throughout the day.  Along with this, you could experience irritability or mood swings due to your body not getting the deep sleep it needs.  Those with undiagnosed sleep apnea can even have poor job performance in more severe cases.  Even if these symptoms don’t seem like the end of the world, untreated OSA has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack, type 2 diabetes, weight gain, and more severe high blood pressure.  Because of this, it is very important that you see a doctor or schedule a sleep test so you can begin treatment.  Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) treatment is the most effective method of managing your OSA and is shown to help eliminate all of the aforementioned symptoms.  You will find yourself more alert, happier, and you may even lose a few pounds along the way.

Final Thoughts

Of course, the above outline is not a complete guide to OSA or it’s symptoms, but hopefully you now have a better idea of some symptoms. Of course, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.

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Do I Have Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) has been on the rise in the last few years, now with over 200,000 new cases diagnosed every year.  But being as common as it is, many people suffering from sleep apnea don’t even realize they have it!  One of the most important early symptoms to look out for is excessive snoring while asleep.  Snoring could just be snoring of course, but OSA can cause this symptom due to the partial blockage of airflow through your windpipe, causing loud and persistent snoring that can disturb you and your partner.  Following this, if is very common to find yourself woken suddenly at night due to the instance of apneas, where you actually stop breathing due to airway blockage.  These instances could just feel like waking for whatever reason, or it could be more sudden where you find yourself gasping for air.  These are some of the earliest things to look out for in order to get yourself on the road to treatment.

If your OSA goes untreated for a more prolonged period of time, your symptoms could become much more serious.  Due to these mini waking periods, even if you get what felt like a full night sleep many sufferers find themselves exhausted throughout the day.  This can lead to irritability, mood swings, and a decrease in productivity, all of which can affect your relationships and job performance.  Waking, you could experience a sore throat, dryness of the mouth, or headaches, all of which can have you starting off the day on the wrong side of the bed.

Further down the line, sleep apnea has actually been linked to weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease when it goes untreated.  If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms, it is best to go see a doctor or get a sleep test done to avoid any further complications.  Treatments like continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) have been shown as the most effective means of controlling your OSA and reducing the risk of severe symptoms down the line.

 

Final Thoughts

Of course, the above outline is not a complete guide to Obstructive Sleep Apnea, but hopefully you now have a better idea of what symptoms to look out for. Of course, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.

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My Partner Says I Snore

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring. We’ve all done it, some of us admittedly more than others. If your partner has been complaining about your loud snoring at night you may fall in line with the 37 million other Americans that suffer from chronic snoring on a regular basis. Did you know though that snoring can be a sign of a more serious health concern? Chronic snoring is a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition in which the soft tissue of the airway actually collapses during sleep and causes a decrease in oxygen available to the body. When oxygen decreases, the brain sends signals to the body to wake up and often these waking episodes are unpleasant – coughing, gasping, and choking for air can all occur. These instances, or apneas, can occur hundreds of times a night, leaving you and your partner restless and irritable. If left untreated, OSA can cause serious health concerns. Constant waking has been linked to the production of stress hormones which can elevate blood pressure and leave you at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other stress related conditions.

What do I do next?

There are a few simple ways you can avoid going down this slippery slope though – know the symptoms and listen to your partner! Snoring may seem to be only an irritant, but if you find yourself feeling restless, drowsy during the day, or get frequent morning headaches there may be something more serious going on and it’s best to check with your doctor. Often, a sleep test will be performed in which signs of OSA can be spotted, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. One in four men and one in ten women may develop OSA, especially if you are overweight, but don’t worry, there is a treatment. Using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine at night can eliminate the occurrence of apneas and leave you feeling refreshed in the morning and throughout the day. Not to mention your partner will thank you for the lack of snoring! There are a multitude of CPAP devices to choose from, and we are here to help you on your journey to a better night’s rest and a healthier you.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully you now have a better understanding of snoring and the possibilities associated with the behavior, but it is best to talk to your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.

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