How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?


The Warning Signs Of Sleep Apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common sleep-related breathing disorder. It causes you to repeatedly stop and start breathing while you sleep, but unless someone complains that you're snoring is keeping you up at night, how can you know if you really do have sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway during sleep. The most noticeable sign of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring, but what are the other symptoms to look out for? 

Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea.

Signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Loud snoring
  • Periods of stopped breathing during sleep
  • Abrupt awakenings accompanied by gasping or choking
  • Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
  • Morning headaches
  • Difficulty focusing during the day
  • Significant mood changes, depression or irritability
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Decreased libido

Should I See A Doctor For My Sleep Apnea?

Snoring doesn't always mean you’re suffering from something serious, and not everyone who snores has obstructive sleep apnea.

If you begin to snore more loudly, and especially if your snoring is interrupted by periods of silence, it may be time to consult a sleep expert. An easy way to determine if your experience obstructive sleep apnea is if your snoring usually is loudest when you sleep on your back, and it quiets when you turn on your side.

You can book your FREE sleep study at either our Bedford, NS clinic or our Fredericton NB clinic. 

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