Worried that your daytime exhaustion could be caused by sleep apnea? Find out!
If you have obstructive sleep apnea this is a serious sleep problem that requires immediate treatment from one of our Cary ENT Dr. Pankaj Gupta. By not getting the treatment you need not only will sleep quality be affected but you’re also more likely to experience possible complications of sleep apnea including high blood pressure, heart disease, a stroke or a car accident. Sleep apnea is fairly common and it’s important to recognize the symptoms in yourself or members of your family.
The Most Common Sleep Apnea Signs
Most of the time those with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) experience loud and constant snoring. Your partner may also notice pauses in your breathing throughout the night. If you are a back sleeper your snoring will be louder than if you are on your side. Keep in mind that you don’t have to snore every night to have sleep apnea but it’s also important to know that not everyone who snores is suffering from this sleep disorder. It’s important that you see your Cary ear, nose and throat doctor for a proper evaluation.
Another obvious sign of sleep apnea is daytime exhaustion. While being tired at some point during the day isn’t that surprising for many people, sleep apnea sufferers will experience sleepiness to an extreme degree. They may find it very difficult to stay awake even while driving or working.
Other Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Even though snoring and daytime exhaustion are the two most common warning signs that you have sleep apnea, here are some other symptoms that you may experience if you suffer from this sleep disorder:
- Poor concentration
- Mood swings
- Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
- Headaches in the morning
If your child is suffering from sleep apnea you may also notice that they are more irritable or angry, that they are more hyperactive or that their performance in school has gotten worse. If you or your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms then it’s time to visit us.
Let the Cary ENT experts at Wake Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists determine the cause of your symptoms and get you on track to better health!