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Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Sleep apnea means ‘cessation of breath’ during sleep. Apnea is defined as a cessation of oronasal airflow for at least 10 seconds. When apnea occurs 30 or more times during a 7-hour period of nocturnal sleep, it is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Sleep apnea is characterized by repetitive episodes of upper airway obstruction that occur during sleep, usually associated with a reduction in blood oxygen saturation. It can be a life-threatening situation and requires immediate medical intervention.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms in Children:

  • Continuous loud snoring
  • Bed wetting
  • Problems sleeping and restless sleep
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Developmental delays with weight loss or poor weight gain
  • Mouth breathing
  • Enlarged tonsils and adenoids
  • Problems paying attention in school
  • Aggressive behavior and hyperactivity
  • Rarely, sleep apnea can cause enlargement of the right side of the heart, also called cor pulmonale

Sleep Apnea Symptoms in Adults:

  • Loud snoring or noisy breathing during sleep
  • Mouth breathing
  • Restlessness during sleep with or without periods of being awake
  • Waking up with fatigue
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Morning or night headaches
  • Falling asleep in a stimulating environment, such as during business meetings, eating
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Forgetfulness
  • Experiencing personality changes
  • Frequent urination during the night
  • Decreased memory
  • Automobile accident
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Hypertension
  • Increased heart rate
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Esophageal reflux and heavy sweating at night

Three types of sleep apnea exist. They are technically known as obstructive, central and mixed sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) mostly affects men belonging to the age group of 30 – 50 years. Central sleep apnea is a rare type of sleep apnea. It happens when the nerves and the region of brain responsible for regulating breathing gets affected causing impairment in the process. Individuals experiencing both obstructive and central sleep apnea are said to suffer from mixed sleep apnea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Symptoms:

  • Heavy snoring soon after falling asleep
  • Long silent period of no breathing
  • A loud snort and gasp
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Awakening unrefreshed in the morning
  • Depression
  • Morning headaches
  • Memory difficulties
  • Poor concentration
  • Personality changes
  • Fitful sleep
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent waking up during the night to urinate
  • Leg swelling
  • Hyper active behaviour

Central Sleep Apnea Symptoms:

  • Snoring
  • Episodes of stopped breathing
  • Shortness of breath relieved by sitting up
  • Shortness of breath with abrupt awakenings
  • Abnormal breathing patterns during sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty in concentration
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness technically called as hypersomnia

Facts and Statistics on Sleep Apnea:

  • Nearly 14.6 people per 1,000 loose their live from sleep apnea every year.
  • People suffering from obstructive sleep apnea are at higher risks of losing their lives due to heart attack during sleep.
  • Most people remain unaware of the fact that they suffer from this condition, and know about it from their family members.
  • According to a national survey, approximately 40 million Americans go undiagnosed with risk for obstructive sleep apnea death.
  • 17 percent of Americans have sleep apnea and men belonging to the age group of 40-70 years are at increased risk of this disorder.

1 response to Sleep Apnea Symptoms

  1. sleep apnea can lead to cardiovascular problems in the long run”~`

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