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Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea affects the lives millions of people in the U.S. by depriving them of the deep, restful sleep they need every night. When left untreated, sleep apnea can cause daytime drowsiness, fatigue, poor short-term memory, and high blood pressure, while also increasing the risk of stroke, heart attack, and chronic depression.

Considering the serious health problems caused by sleep apnea, why do so many people fail to receive treatment for this destructive condition? Simple, they’re completely unaware of the problem.

As the name implies, sleep apnea only occurs while your asleep. This means that the most common symptoms of sleep apnea – such as snoring and restlessness – go completely unnoticed by those suffering from the condition. In fact, many of our patients at SleepRight McKinney where unaware of their nightly snoring until told by a frustrated bed partner or roommate about the noises they make while asleep.

While these patients were able to receive sleep apnea treatment once the condition was brought to their attention, many others remain in the dark about what’s causing their troubles sleeping at night.

Fortunately, once you understand the symptoms of sleep apnea, you have a better chance of recognizing the need for sleep apnea treatment.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

The symptoms of sleep apnea can be broken down into those that occur at night during rest and those you can physical feel the next day.

During the night, sleep apnea’s symptoms include:

  • Loud snoring
  • Making choking or gasping sounds while asleep
  • Restless sleep
  • Waking up frequently throughout the night
  • Insomnia

Frequently, it takes the presence of a bed partner suffering through nights of snoring, thrashing, and gasping for most apnea patients to become aware of their disruptive sleep patterns.

However, sleep apnea also exhibits bodily symptoms that can be recognized as being caused by a lack of quality sleep.

Daytime sleep apnea symptoms include:

  • Waking with a dry or sore throat
  • Frequent morning headaches
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Feeling tired regardless of the amount of sleep you received the night before
  • Sleepiness while driving
  • Forgetfulness
  • Mood swings
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Decreased sex drive

Don’t Wait to Get the Sleep Apnea Treatment You Need

If you experience any of these symptoms and have often wondered why, you need to schedule a free sleep apnea consultation with Dr. Lawrence today.

At SleepRight McKinney, we offer patients a variety of sleep apnea treatment options designed to help you get the rest you deserve. Don’t wait any longer to starting enjoying the deep, relaxing sleep you need at night. Call our office today to find out more about what sleep apnea treatment can do for you.

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