If you snore and you also have other signs of disrupted sleep like excessive daytime sleepiness and headaches, you might be experiencing sleep apnea. Below are some questions to consider. If you answer yes to any of them, keep reading and consult a health care professional.
· Do you snore on a regular basis? Does your snoring cause you or your sleeping partner to wake up?
· Do you ever wake up suddenly, gasping or choking for air?
· Do you experience excessive sleepiness during the day? Do you often have trouble staying awake, even when occupied?
· Do you experience headaches, sore throat, or dry mouth in the mornings after waking up?
Sleep apnea is a dangerous and progressive sleep disorder (it gets worse as you age). Not only does sleep apnea result in sleep deprivation, but it also can threaten your life. Untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches. Moreover, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes. Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated. If you or a family member experiences symptoms of sleep apnea, consult a health care professional.