There are actually several different obstructive sleep apnea symptoms that have been discovered. Obstructive sleep apnea is a result of the upper airway being obstructed in some form or another. One of the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring. This is not much of a shock as we have all seen the various commercials that are on television that talk about snoring and the airway being obstructed.
Common Obstructive Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Here are a few of the most common obstructive sleep apnea symptoms that have been reported.
1. Snoring. Almost all patients that are diagnosed with sleep apnea do snore; however, not all people who snore have sleep apnea. Snoring is a symptom but it does not necessarily mean that you have sleep apnea.
2. Excessive daytime fatigue. Since you are not receiving a good night's rest during your sleeping cycle, it is just normal that you would experience fatigue during the day.
3. Headaches. A majority of diagnosed sleep apnea patients report experiencing headaches either at night or in the morning.
4. Sweating during your sleep.
5. Getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.
6. Heartburn in the middle of the night.
7. Chest pain while you are sleeping.
8. Episodes of you not breathing (witnessed by others).
9. Tossing and turning during your sleep. Being restless.
10. Nighttime spells of gasping or choking (witnessed by others).
Children who are diagnosed with having obstructive sleep apnea may experience some of these mentioned symptoms; however, they have a symptoms list of their own. Those symptoms include things like: wetting the bed, waking up a lot during the night, doing poorly in school, etc.
Other symptoms for adults can include things such as mood swings, depression, anxiety, increased heart rate or blood pressure, unexplained weight gain, decreased sex drive, and even forgetfulness.
When to see a doctor- Anytime that you may be concerned about your health, you should schedule an appointment with your primary physician so that they can help to determine what may be wrong. When it comes to obstructive sleep disorder, which is a serious disorder, it is best to visit a doctor whenever you interrupt the sleep of others or yourself by snoring, if anyone observes episodes of failed breathing while you sleep, excessive daytime drowsiness (especially if you fall asleep during your work day), episodes where you abruptly wake up from your sleep, etc. Basically, if you believe that something may be wrong, and you have experienced any of the symptoms that have been mentioned, then you will want to schedule an appointment with your physician.
Treatment of obstructive sleep disorder is possible and should be taken advantage of. Whether you will use the aid of a CPAP machine or a VPAP machine or have surgery to remove soft tissue, like your tonsils, sleep disorder can be treated. There are many different treatment options that are available today and the treatment that will be recommended by the physician will be based upon your individual case because sleep disorder and bodily conditions vary from person to person.