Snoring or sleep apnea?

April 29, 2020

Does your partner complain about your loud snoring keeping them awake at night? Are you waking up still feeling tired? You could be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder, yet often is left undiagnosed or not taken as seriously as other sleep disorders. According to Better Health it is estimated that approximately 5% of Australians suffer from sleep apnea, with around one in four men over the age of 30 years affected. 

 

What is sleep apnea

The literal meaning of the Greek word “apnea” is “without breath.” Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where an individual’s throat becomes partly or completely blocked causing them to stop breathing. This can occur hundreds of times and often for a minute or longer during the night. In most cases the sleeper is actually unaware of these breath blockages, as they don’t awaken.

 

Symptoms of sleep apnea

  • Snoring

  • Episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep — noticed by another person

  • Gasping for air during sleep or waking up gasping

  • Awakening with a dry mouth

  • Morning headache

  • Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)

  • Difficulty paying attention while awake

  • Tossing and turning

  • Tiredness and feeling unrefreshed after sleep

  • Poor concentration

  • Poor memory

  • Low Energy

 

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