Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Sleep apnea can manifest itself through a number of uncomfortable and irritating symptoms. Snoring, for example, is commonly known as a symptom of sleep apnea. However, other symptoms, such as memory problems and sore throat in the morning, can also indicate possible sleep apnea.
According to Dr. Ivan F. Stein, the founder of New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions, the symptoms of sleep apnea include the following:
Most people with sleep apnea snore, but not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Sleep apnea-related snoring tends to be loud, excessive and chronic. There are usually silent pauses in between snores, followed by choking or gasping.
The sleep partner or family members of the snorer are more likely to notice the noise, and should alert the snorer of the problem.
Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
People with sleep apnea are extremely tired during the day because they don’t get enough quality, restful sleep at night. They might fall asleep quickly and easily during quiet moments at work, in meetings or while driving.
Conversely, someone with sleep apnea might experience frequent insomnia or trouble staying asleep at night. Or, they might have restless sleep patterns. The common thread is that their body is not getting the restorative sleep it needs.
Problems with Memory or Concentration
Another side effect of not getting enough quality sleep is compromised cognitive function. Someone with sleep apnea might have continual problems concentrating or remembering something.
Irritability or Mood Swings
People that are constantly tired might find they are extremely irritable or moody during the day. A chronic lack of restful sleep can cause unexplained personality changes. Someone with sleep apnea could also become depressed.
Heartburn or Sore Throat in the Morning
Sleep apnea has been linked with gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), a condition in which stomach acid travels up the esophagus and throat into the mouth. This can cause heartburn or sore throat in the morning.
People with sleep apnea may experience a low sex drive because they don’t have the energy for sex. Men with sleep apnea can also suffer from erectile dysfunction.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms in Children
Sleep apnea can affect children, too. Because they are not getting enough sleep, they may perform poorly in school or act out. Some children with sleep apnea are hyperactive, hostile or angry. They may breathe through the mouth instead of the nose when they are awake. Sleep apnea in children has been linked to attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD). The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children that snore loudly or regularly be screened for sleep disorders with a sleep specialist.
Are You Experiencing Any of These Symptoms?
If your partner has noticed you snore loudly every night, or you find yourself nodding off during the day at work, you might have sleep apnea and should see a sleep specialist for a screening.
Once diagnosed, the New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions team, led by Dr. Stein, can design a plan of treatment so you can sleep more soundly. Please call us at (855) WHY-SNORE or (855) 949-7667.