Know the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a highly disruptive condition. Although it happens when you are asleep, there are common signs and symptoms that will give you a strong sense that you might have the condition. Among the most common symptoms you will notice are:
- Waking up unrested
- Feeling sleepy during the day
- Dozing off during daily tasks like working, driving, or watching TV
- Memory problems
- Low motivation and energy
- Waking up frequently to urinate
- Sexual dysfunction
Typically, if you think you’re spending enough time in bed but feeling unrested in the morning, are sleepy during the day, and doze off, it’s likely you have sleep apnea. However, if you experience any three symptoms above, you should consider getting a sleep test.
You should also pay attention to what any co sleeper says about your sleeping. If they say you snore loudly, gasp, choke, or sleep restlessly, you should consider that sleep apnea could be the cause.
You might have also been diagnosed with other health conditions. Conditions like high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, migraines, and atrial fibrillation, are all closely linked to sleep apnea. In some cases, a diagnosis of depression, low testosterone, or hypothyroidism, might actually be sleep apnea misdiagnosed. Even if you don’t notice sleep apnea symptoms, take it seriously if your friends and doctors are describing some of these related signs and conditions.