What are Signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea affects about 25 million adults in the US alone, and many of the symptoms are not as obvious as you would hope. Probably the most common symptom that most adults experience is fatigue and tiredness during the day.  This tiredness can cause irritability, headaches, and general fatigue that many people report having a negative impact on their job performance or personal relationships.  At night, sufferers of OSA often experience frequent waking, sore throat, extremely loud snoring, and even night sweats.  

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Because of some of these symptoms, it is often the case that your partner will notice these issues even before you do.  That means that if he or she is complaining about how loud you snore, you may want to take it more seriously than as if it were just an annoyance if you have been experiencing any other symptoms of OSA.  Continuous Positive Airway Pressure treatment (CPAP) has been shown to virtually eliminate many symptoms of OSA outside of the instances of apneas leaving you and your partner more refreshed during the day.

OSA in children can exhibit many of the same symptoms, but it can also manifest in different ways.  For example, drooling or choking during the night is more prevalent in childhood sleep apnea than adults.  Just like adults, however, your child may start feeling sluggish and even fall behind in school due to the restless night’s sleep he or she is experiencing.  It is important to talk to your doctor if you notice these symptoms in yourself, your partner, or your child, especially since some symptoms are obviously not specific to only OSA and there could be a different issue surfacing.

Final Thoughts

Of course, the above outline is not an exhaustive resource of the symptoms of OSA, but hopefully you now have a better idea of what 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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