There are a few evident signs that help one recognize the risk of having sleep apnea:
One of the most common signs of obstructive sleep apnea is loud and chronic snoring. Pauses may occur in the snoring. Choking or gasping may follow the pauses. The snoring usually is loudest when you sleep on your back
Excessive daytime sleepiness is another important symptom which is rapidly falling asleep during the quiet moments of the day when you're not active. Excessive daytime drowsiness, which may cause you to fall asleep while you're working, watching television or even driving
- Morning headaches
- Memory or learning problems and not being able to concentrate
- Feeling irritable, depressed, or having mood swings or personality changes
- Waking up frequently to urinate
- Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up
In children, sleep apnea can cause hyperactivity, poor school performance, and angry or hostile behavior. Children who have sleep apnea also may breathe through their mouths instead of their noses during the day.
You need to Consult a medical professional if you or your partner notices, the following: Snoring loud enough to disturb the sleep of others or yourself
Shortness of breath that awakens you from sleep Intermittent pauses in your breathing during sleep A diagnosis of sleep apnea however can only be confirmed by polysomnography or sleep study, to detect the presence, severity and parameters of sleep apnea.
Diagnosis of Sleep Apnea can also reduce your risk of potentially serious problems, such as high blood pressure, serious accidents caused by tiredness (such as a car crash), strokes, heart attacks and an irregular heartbeat (such as atrial fibrillation).