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Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

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If you have a spouse or have been told by a spouse, that you snore noisily but could nod off all of the next days, these are both symptoms of sleep apnea. You can be a person who snores and not have the affliction. All sleep sufferers do snore. This affliction is most marked by those who stop breathing. The number of times this happens can vary from a few times per hour to fifty times an hour.

The episodes of not breathing lead to blood that is not being oxygenated. This main symptom can lead to other things to look for in the patient. Their slumber may be fitful with excessive tossing about. Others may gasp for breath and complain of night time chest pain. These same people will be irritable the next day because they did not get a restful night’s slumber. They will complain of feeling tired and have a hard time concentrating.

Some people may express all of them, while others exhibit only a few. If you or a loved one is suspicious that the disruption of breathing is the culprit, you should be tested at a clinic to be on the safe side. Always rule on the side of safety when it comes to your health.

With events of breathing cessation happening as many as a hundred times a night, apnea can lead to harmful, if not deadly, results. This is particularly the case if the sufferer does not awaken them during the night. There are ways in which the problem can be cared for, and those aids are not suited for everybody.

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Being overweight, and smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages are all things that play a part in apnea, and they can be controlled. Even people who are being given medications to relax muscles can have sleep apnea as a side effect. Ways you choose to change your lifestyle can have a direct and positive effect on this illness.

Most importantly, a doctor should be the one to decide if you are suffering from this malady. If so, he or she is the best one to decide if lifestyle changes will rid you of your apnea. There are some cases where changed lifestyle will do little to prevent the symptoms. For those people, a type of oxygen mask is worn to stop the affliction from causing serious side effects.

The number of breathing interruptions per night will be the deciding factor as to how severe your problem is. This can sometimes be a difficult affliction to treat even with all lifestyle changes being made. Not considered curable, it is treatable, and the patient will awake fresh and ready for the day.

Below is a list of some of the common symptoms are:

  • Loud and incessant snoring
  • Choking or shortness of breath
  • Breathing pauses for more than 10 seconds
  • Drowsiness during daytime
  • Waking up thirsty
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Intermittent sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Waking up due to shortness of breath and/or choking
  • Difficulty concentrating when awake
  • Melancholy or depression

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When symptoms become apparent, it is advisable to see a medical practitioner, specifically a sleep specialist, for an official diagnosis. They will administer a sleep study or Polysomnography test conducted in a sleep lab. Only a trained professional can prescribe the correct treatment. Once properly diagnosed, your doctor can recommend one of many available treatments that can effectively treat this condition.