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Common Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Sleep apnea is a disruptive condition that can affect your quality of sleep and even your overall health. If your sleep apnea is severe enough, it can wake you up dozens of times a night without you even realizing it. Keep reading to find out more about sleep apnea and some of the common symptoms associated with this condition. If you can't sleep at night and wake up felling tired you may be suffering from this disorder

The most common type of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea. This condition occurs when there is some sort of blockage of the airway as you're sleeping. The cause of an obstructed airway is usually the tissues in your neck and throat relaxing as you sleep. If this condition occurs, you may notice some of the following symptoms.
  • Loud or excessive snoring

  • Gasping or choking during sleep

  • Feeling tired or run down during the day

  • Waking up with a headache every day

  • Feelings of depression, and also mood swings

  • Having a difficult time concentrating


It's possible to suffer from sleep apnea for a long period of time and never suspect you have the condition. In fact, sleep apnea is often noticed by someone's bed partner before the person actually experiencing the condition. It can be complicated to diagnose because excessive snoring does not mean you automatically have sleep apnea. The best way to proceed is to speak with your doctor if you suspect you have some of these common sleep apnea symptoms.

Sleep apnea can affect every age group, and males and females alike. There is an increased risk of developing sleep apnea if you are overweight, or smoke cigarettes. There is also a slight increase in risk if you are male, and people over 65 years of age seem to develop sleep apnea more often than younger people. Larger than normal tonsils and adenoids will also increase your chances of developing this condition.

There are some things you can try on your own if you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea. Things like losing weight and quitting smoking will help your condition, as well as avoiding alcohol and caffeine, especially right before bedtime. Some sleep apnea sufferers also report that sleeping on your side will help to reduce the effects of this condition.

Sleep apnea can be a contributing factor in illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, obesity and also frequent and severe headaches. There are tests available to diagnose your condition, and a talk with your doctor will put you on the right path towards eliminating the very treatable problem.

If some of these symptoms sound familiar to you and you suspect you may be suffering from sleep apnea, you should speak with your doctor about it. Your doctor will be able to recommend tests to diagnose your condition and treatments that will help you with this frustrating condition.

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Common Sleep Apnea Symptoms