Do I Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Do I Have Obstructive Sleep Apnea?2017-09-26T08:46:09-05:00

The Top Signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Include:

  • Snoring – Loud episodic snoring often occurs with sleep apnea.
  • Interrupted Breathing – Bed partners frequently will notice and become alarmed when you stop breathing.
  • Choking or Gasping While Sleeping – During deeper phases of sleep, your muscles become more relaxed including your tongue and your airway can become blocked, your brain activity causes you to awaken out of the deeper sleep to help you catch your breath. This can happen frequently and prevents deep refreshing, rejuvenating sleep.
  • Excessive Tiredness – This can lead to social and employment issues.
  • Lack of Feeling Refreshed Upon Waking in the Morning – Without deep sleep, you often feel like you didn’t get enough rest.
  • Dry Mouth, Sore Throat, Sour Mouth or Heartburn – Sleep apnea patients usually are mouth breathers and many have stomach acid regurgitation (GERD) due to the increased effort placed on the diaphragm to breathe.
  • Mood Swings/Depression – When you are tired, you are not at your best and even normal daily functions can be overwhelming and stressful.
  • Sexual Dysfunction – Apneic sufferers lack sexual desire due to fatigue; men can even experience ED (erectile dysfunction) due to apnea.
  • Headaches – Headaches are frequently associated with OSA due to the lack of proper oxygen levels in the blood, stress to the brain, heart, and other organs due to low oxygen.
  • Night Sweats – This can occur due to the increased strain to the muscles of the respiratory system to try to breathe when the throat is blocked.
  • Nocturnal Chest Pain – This is due to stress on your heart as it may be dealing with spiking blood pressures due to apnea; cardiac deaths occur in the early morning hours with people who have sleep apnea.
  • Bruxism – Grinding of your teeth at night research shows is primarily due to apnea.
  • Frequent Urination at Night – Frequent awakenings and desires to urinate can be due to diaphragm and abdomen muscles work harder for breathing and put pressure on your bladder.
  • Inability to Focus/Mental Confusion – Lack of proper sleep interferes with neurocognitive function due to poor oxygen levels and fragmentation of our sleep cycle.