Sleep apnea is characterized by pauses in breathing and shallow breaths during sleep. Undiagnosed sleep apnea can lead to many health complications. Determine when to seek treatment by considering the symptoms below.
Loud and Chronic Snoring
Sleep apnea is a very common disorder that often goes undiagnosed. The most obvious sign of sleep apnea is loud and chronic snoring. You may be told by someone that you have been snoring excessively. Snoring is a sign that your breathing has stopped or becomes obstructed.
Pauses in breathing during sleep is a sign of sleep apnea. Shallow and paused breathing is caused by a restricted airway. If you or someone close to you notices that your breathing pauses while you sleep, consider seeking help. A lack of oxygen is a result of paused breathing and can lead to serious health issues.
Daytime Drowsiness & Headaches
Signs and symptoms may appear throughout the day. If you have excessive daytime drowsiness that leads to falling asleep during activities, that may be a sign of sleep apnea. This may be especially dangerous if it occurs while operating a vehicle. Headaches can also occur throughout the day along with daytime drowsiness. Frequent headaches when you wake up could be indicative of breathing problems throughout the night. If you experience daytime drowsiness and headaches it may be time to talk to our team about sleep apnea treatment.
A lack of sleep can cause changes to your mood, making you more prone to being irritable and short-tempered. Long term effects include depression and increased anxiety. If you believe that you are experiencing a mood change due to a lack of sleep, speak with our team about what you have been experiencing.
Any one of these signs or symptoms can be discussed and treated by our team. Allowing these symptoms to go untreated can lead to health complications such as heart failure, diabetes, stroke, and heart attacks.
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