Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Obstructive sleep apnea affects an estimated 6-8% of the population in the U.S., with millions of people diagnosed with this sleep disorder every year. Many people can have sleep apnea and go untreated for years, putting their health and quality of life at risk. Marietta Sleep offers effective, non-intrusive sleep apnea treatments that can relieve symptoms and improve health. If you have the symptoms of sleep apnea, it is important to see a physician for a diagnosis.
Most people equate sleep apnea with chronic snoring, but it is more serious than just loud breathing. Snoring is one of the most common symptoms, and most people with sleep apnea do snore regularly. Obstructive sleep apnea is linked to soft tissue in the back of the mouth and throat area that can block the airway, and they can also vibrate and make the sound of snoring. Other common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Period of not breathing, then gasping for air
- Gurgling or choking sounds while sleeping
- Waking frequently to urinate
- Headaches when waking in the morning
- Fatigue throughout the day
- Trouble concentrating or focusing
- Depression or mood swings
- High blood pressure
Those with sleep apnea may “sleep” for enough time, but they may still feel tired due to the poor quality of sleep. Their bodies and brains are constantly disturbed during airway obstructions that can occur over 100 times per sleep cycle.
Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea
Men are more likely to have sleep apnea than women. Other risk factors include larger neck size, obesity, smoking, family history of sleep apnea, large tonsils/tongue, sinus/nasal congestion and asthma.
If you have experienced ongoing symptoms of sleep apnea, it is important to see your doctor to be properly diagnosed. If you have already received a diagnosis, contact us at Marietta Sleep to explore treatments to relieve your symptoms and improve your overall health.