Snoring is not a problem for most people until a bed partner disrupts their sleep. It is until then when you realize that snoring varies, there are soft to loud sound and slow to frequent repetition. It may not give you reasons of a bigger health problem but frequent and loud snoring is a sign of sleep apnea, a disorder where breathing stops for a period of time and starts again while you are sleeping. It can be treated but it is often neglected and unrecognized. Below are some medical information about sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a disorder that affects your breathing when sleeping. If it is untreated for a long time, breathing interruptions increases and results in very shallow breathing. These breathing interruptions last for 10-20 seconds and occur many times at night.
This can affect the natural rhythm of sleeping and you spend light sleep rather than deep sleep that everyone needs to restore energy and keeps the body going for the next day. Thus, resulting to sleepiness during daytime, poor concentration, slow reflexes and more prone to accidents. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to more serious health problems like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, weight gain and stroke. However, if it is treated, symptoms can be controlled and you will enjoy your night’s sleep.
Types of sleep apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea – this is the most common type where the person snores loudly because the soft tissue located at the back of the throat relaxes and results to blocked passage of the airway.
Central sleep apnea – this type of sleep apnea is not common because people affected seldom snore. This happens when the brain does not signal the muscles that control breathing.
Complex sleep apnea – This type is a combination of obstructive and central sleep apnea.
Signs and Symptoms of sleep apnea
It is hard to identify if you are suffering from sleep apnea because the symptoms happen when you are sleeping. Ask your bed partner to observe your sleeping habits or record yourself at night. The major signs and symptoms of sleep are the following:
- Chronic and loud snoring
- Choking, gasping and snorting when asleep
- Long intervals in breathing
- Sleepiness during daytime even if you spend long hours at night.
Also, there are its common signs and symptoms:
- When you wake up, you experience a dry mouth or dry sore throat
- Headaches in the morning
- Restless sleep
- Frequent trips to the bathroom at night time
- You feel out of breath when you wake up
- Difficulty in concentration and tends to be forgetful
- Irritable, moody an depressed
If you are experiencing the major signs and symptoms of sleep apnea or even those common symptoms, consult your doctor. Remember, sleep apnea can be treated.