Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing gets paused during the sleep. This means that getting oxygen to the brain and other organs gets interrupted. It also affects the quality of your sleep. As the breathing gets paused or becomes shallow, you move from deep sleep to light sleep and feel restless the next day.
Here are more symptoms that you may experience:
Excessive daytime sleepiness such as sleepiness when sitting, reading, watching TV or while stopped behind a traffic light.
Observed episodes of breathing cessation during sleep.
Abrupt awakenings accompanied by gasping or choking.
Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat.
Waking up thirsty in the middle of night.
Difficulty concentrating during the day.
Experiencing mood changes, such as depression or irritability.
Who is at risk?
•Being overweight or obese.
•Being over age 40
•Having a large neck size
•Having upper airway soft tissue abnormalities such as large tonsils, a large tongue, a small jaw bone, or deviated septum
•Having nasal congestion
•Having a family history of sleep apnea
•Having acid reflux, or GERD
•Being in menopause
•Having medical conditions such as: congestive heart failure, pregnancy, end stage kidney disease, Stroke and transient ischemic attacks, chronic lung disease such as COPD,polycystic ovary syndrome or Hypothyroidism.
What are complications and outcomes if it goes unrecognized and untreated?
High blood pressure
Metabolic syndrome and Diabetes
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
Induced or exacerbation of cognition deficit such as worsening of ADHD
Daytime drowsiness and increased risk of motor vehicle accidents.
What can be done?
If you notice any of the above symptoms, it is time to take action to avoid future health complications. At SageMED we provide a cost-effective and easy to use home test machine where you can take it with you and have the test done in the comfort of your own bed, rather than staying overnight at a sleep study facility. Make your appointment today to get tested for sleep apnea.