It can be difficult to identify sleep apnea on your own because the most telling symptoms occur while you are asleep. You can get around this problem by asking a bed partner to observe your sleeping habits or by recording yourself during sleep.
The Most Telling Symptoms:
Constant snoring is the number one predictor of what may be a bigger health problem.
Choking or Gasping During Sleep
Gasping for breath after a period of not breathing can be a sign that a serious problem exists.
Consistent morning headaches can be attributed to poor oxygen levels while asleep.
Drowsiness, even after 8 hours of sleep, is a common symptom due to a sufferer’s poor quality of sleep. Daytime sleepiness can result in a dangerously low level of concentration.
Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea and not everyone who has sleep apnea snores. So, how do you draw a distinction between the two? The most important sign is how you feel during the day. Normal snoring does not interfere with the quality of your sleep as much as Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Those who snore and constantly suffer from extreme fatigue and sleepiness should contact their physician.
Other Common Symptoms:
- Waking up with a dry mouth or a sore throat
- High Blood Pressure
- Insomnia or nighttime awakenings
- Waking up and feeling out of breath
- Forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating
- Moodiness or irritability
- Sexual Dysfunction