Obstructive Sleep Apnea affects millions of American adults and is one of the leading causes of heart attack and stroke. Diagnosing and treating sleep apnea is critical.
If you experience the following symptoms, ask your health practitioner for a sleep apnea screening test:
- Persistent or irregular snoring, with pauses or gasps
- Excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue
- Unrefreshing sleep
- Waking with a dry mouth or acidic taste
- Waking with morning headaches
- Complaints of insomnia
- Night sweats
- Rapid weight gain
- Confusion or memory loss
- Irritability or moodiness
Most people are completely unaware of brief awakenings, but because of the sleep disruption, they complain of not feeling refreshed, daytime sleepiness and fatigue. This affects job performance, energy level and risk of falling asleep while driving.
In addition, obstructive sleep apnea puts a major stress on your heart.
The risks of sleep apnea:
- #1 known cause of high blood pressure.
- Triples risk for having a heart attack.
- Increases risk for a stroke
- Potential cause of cardiac arrest and death during sleep.
- Increases risk for diabetes, depression, headaches, memory difficulty and erectile dysfunction.