Do I have sleep apnea? A look at symptoms and warning signs
Sleep apnea is a dangerous condition which makes it difficult for people to breathe while they sleep due to a restricted airway.
It's an ailment that affects millions of people worldwide and can be fatal if not treated appropriately.
Here are some quick facts about sleep apnea, thanks to WebMD:
-There are two different types of sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by a physical blockage of the airway, during which soft tissue in a person's throat blocks the airway during sleep. Central sleep apnea is a failure of of signals by the brain to breathe during sleep.
-Sleep apnea causes you to physically stop breathing. Some severe sufferers report that this could happen as many as 400 times per night.
-It can affect anyone. Regardless of age, despite a large amount of sleep apnea sufferers being over 40, anyone can have it, even young children.
The symptoms of sleep apnea include the following:-Sore throat after sleeping-Waking up multiple times during the night, especially short of breath-Fatigue or lack of energy during the day due to a lack of sleep-Headaches, especially in the morning
-Sleepiness during regular activities, like working and driving
There are several risk factors to take into account as well, such as being overweight and over 40, having a large neck or having oversized features, such as a large tongue or tonsils.
Luckily, there are several ways to prevent the onset or mitigate the effects of sleep apnea. They include losing weight, sleeping on your side or using a mouthpiece to keep your mouth open while you sleep.