Millions of people suffer from a sleep disorder or another. But do you know how to recognize the symptoms and identify the disorder? Today I want to talk about sleep apnea and its symptoms.
This particular sleep disorder can easily be undiscovered or misdiagnosed by the average person. The reason is that some of the most critical symptoms, such as heavy snoring and breathing difficulties, happen when you sleep.
Let me make a point here about snoring. I would say that every fall of sleep apnea is associated with snoring. But snoring alone does not mean you have apnea. There are plenty of people out there that sneak without any bad effects.
Most people wake up without understanding what happened while they were sleeping. Only if you have someone sleeping in the same room that may be disturbed, and complaining of your symptoms, you will have an indication that something is wrong.
For this reason, so many people suffer without ever knowing the reason for it. Although most symptoms happen during sleep time, there are some that you will experience during the wake, and that should be your starting point for further investigation.
Do you often wake up with headaches? Are you usually tired of the day, even after you feel like you have had a good night's sleep? Do you have problems with maintaining a sufficient level of concentration, have irritability and have frequent urination during the night?
Now grant it, all or some of the above can be symptoms of something besides sleep apnea, but this is just a starting point. If you experience any of these symptoms, start studying if you have sleep apnea or not.
If you have a bed partner, start by asking them if they have been disturbed or have noticed whether you are snoring high or gas for air while sleeping. Depending on the severity of your apnea you can stop breathing tens of times through the night.
This is very dangerous, especially for the elderly, as this may cause stroke or myocardial infarction. The reason you stop breathing is that while you sleep sleeping your neck muscles and throat collapses block the airways. This is called obstructive sleep apnea or (OSA) and is the most common type of sleep apnea.
When this happens, it will force your brain to wake you so you can start breathing again. This will continue all night, and that is why you feel tired all day. The problem is that you do not remember it in the morning.
There is sleep support to help with sleep apnea that can be bought in the counter or prescribed by a doctor depending on your personal needs.
If you feel there is a possibility that you may have sleep apnea but do not have someone who can tell you what happens when you sleep, then there are some options. First, you can set your own camera to film yourself while you sleep.
You can also keep a sleep diary; so every time you wake up you write down the time and the reason you woke up. Of course, it will not work well if you only experience the symptoms that happen in sleep.
But you can write down how you feel when you wake up and during the day. This can be very beneficial information you can give to your doctor. This helps him / her diagnose the problem. The last is to enter the sleep study.
Have your doctor recommended you for a study where you should stay overnight in a sleep clinic. There they can observe you through the night. They will keep track of your blood pressure, brain activity, heart rate and oxygen level to name but a few.
This is probably the best way to make sure you are diagnosed correctly and get the correct treatment. Keep in mind that sleep is a very important part of a healthy life. Do not go one day without getting help.