Tired? Forgetful? Know the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea symptoms often go unnoticed because the sufferer is asleep. However, these symptoms can be a sign of a serious disorder — Obstructive Sleep Apnea. If you are often tired even after sleeping, or have a loved one that snores then you need to be aware of the symptoms of OSA and sleep apnea.

Although it’s easy to miss the nocturnal signs of sleep apnea, many sufferers have symptoms during daylight hours. The trick is recognizing these symptoms and attributing them the OSA.

Recognize the signs of Sleep Apnea

The six most common symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea are:

  1. Feeling of fatigue in the middle of the day. This includes drifting to sleep during active situations like when you are driving an automobile, conversing, or in the middle of a meal.
  2. Waking up from sleep but not feeling refreshed, inability to concentrate, forgetfullness, feeling exhausted, and having constant changes in personality.
  3. Headaches in the morning or night. Studies show about half of those that have sleep apnea experience headaches.
  4. Having a bitter taste in your mouth at night, and getting heartburn.
  5. Urinating in the middle of the night, also known as nocturia.
  6. Night sweats and pain in the chest while sleeping.

A Partner May Notice Signs of Sleep Apnea First

For those that sleep with a partner, it is more likely that the partner will be the first to notice sleep apnea symptoms. Signs of sleep apnea that others may see include:

  1. Occurrences of not breathing, which is apnea. This can occur from five times in an hour (lesser apnea) to more than times an hour (extreme apnea).
  2. Snoring very loud. Be aware, this is not a sure sign. Although just about everyone who has sleep apnea snores, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea.
  3. Restlessness while sleeping, moving and turning while sleeping.
  4. Choking and gasping during sleep.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea in Children

Although similarities exist, such as tiredness and snoring, children with sleep apnea may display a different set of symptoms. Sleep Apnea in children is relatively rare, but cases do exist and should be treated to avoid the long-term impact of sleep deprivation on growth and development.

Signs of sleep apnea in children under the age of 5 are:

  1. Snoring
  2. Breathing through the mouth
  3. Sweating
  4. Restless Behavior
  5. Waking up in the night frequently.

Signs of sleep apnea in children over the age of 5 are:

  1. Snoring
  2. Wetting the bed
  3. Poor school grades
  4. Poor body growth

Because of the potential life-threatening nature of sleep apnea, your symptoms must not be ignored. Many may needlessly suffer from heart attack and stroke, because they ignored their sleep apnea symptoms or were not properly diagnose or treated.

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