What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea causes frequent drops in your oxygen level, and reduced sleep quality triggers the release of stress hormones. This raises your heart rate and increases your risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats).
Common symptoms of sleep apnea
You may experience sleep apnea symptoms daily or just once in a while. At times, any of these sleep symptoms can be severe:
- Decreased libido
- Dryness in your throat when you wake up
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Memory problems
- Mood swings
- Morning headaches
- Poor concentration
- Snoring that can be loud and persistent
- Sore or dry throat
- Urination at night
Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition
In some cases, sleep apnea can be life threatening. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms:
- Chest pain or pressure
- Difficulty breathing
- Profuse sweating
- Numbness on one side of the body
- Weakness (loss of strength) on one side of the body
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is the name of a common disease characterized by interruption of breathing during sleep. This interruption of breathing causes an abnormal blood oxygen level, resulting in fatigue, as well as cardiovascular, cognitive and emotional disorders.
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in the United States. The disease is more common in men, African Americans, Hispanics, an... Read more about sleep apneaintroduction
What causes sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is the result of obstruction or irregular brain signaling. The disease is characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep.
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), caused by soft tissue or structural obstructions that restrict air flow through the windpipe. For this reason, sleep apnea occurs most frequently in people who are... Read more about sleep apneacauses
How is sleep apnea treated?
Treatment for sleep apnea begins with seeking medical care from your health care provider. To determine if you have sleep apnea, your health care provider will ask you to undergo diagnostic testing.
The type of treatment for sleep apnea depends on cause and severity of the condition and medical history of the individual.