Sleep Apnea (also spelt Sleep Apnoea) affects the way you breathe when you’re sleeping. In untreated Sleep Apnea, breathing is briefly interrupted or becomes very shallow during sleep. These ‘breathing pauses’ typically last between 10 to 20 seconds and can occur up hundreds of times a night, jolting you out of your natural sleep rhythm. As a consequence, you spend more time in light sleep and less time in the deep, restorative sleep that you need to be energetic, mentally sharp and productive the next day.
This chronic sleep deprivation results in daytime sleepiness, slow reflexes, poor concentration and an increased risk of accidents. Sleep Apnea can also lead to serious health problems over time, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and weight gain. But with treatment you can control the symptoms, get your sleep back on track and start enjoy being more refreshed and alert every day.
Types of sleep apnea
Sleep Apnea signs and symptoms
It can be tough to identify Sleep Apnea on your own, since the most prominent symptoms only occur when you’re asleep. But you can get around this difficulty by asking your partner to observe your sleep habits, or by recording yourself during sleep.
Major signs and symptoms of Sleep Apnea
If pauses occur while you snore and if choking or gasping follow the pauses, these are major signs that you have Sleep Apnea. Another common sign of Sleep Apnea is fighting sleepiness during the day, at work or while driving. You may find yourself rapidly falling asleep during the quiet moments of the day when you're not active. Even if you don't have daytime sleepiness but have irregular or unusual breathing patterns whilst sleeping then it is a good idea to investigate this further.
Other common signs and symptoms of Sleep Apnea