Sign #1: Daytime Sleepiness
Do you find yourself always drowsy during the day? Are you loading up on caffeine all the time? While you might just be overworked, it’s possible that sleep apnea is preventing you from getting the restful sleep you need.
Sometimes daytime sleepiness may present as fatigue, a lack of energy, or general “tiredness”. Some patients may even fall asleep at inopportune times, like in meetings or while driving.
Excessive caffeine consumption can hide the sleepiness associated with sleep apnea, so be sure to let your doctor know if you are making hourly trips to the coffee maker.
Sign #2: Snoring
You might think that everyone snores, but snoring can actually be a sign of sleep apnea. While not always the case, snoring can be caused by an obstruction that is causing turbulent air flow. With the restricted air flow comes a lack of adequate ventilation and a resultant hypercapnia.
Many people do not even realize they are snoring, so it is helpful to have a partner tell you if you typically snore or not.
Sign #3: Loss of Focus
People are quick to assume that any focus problems must be a sign of ADD. Not so fast. Especially in older individuals, it’s entirely possible that the lack of quality sleep due to sleep apnea is impairing your ability to focus properly. Especially if you feel like your focus or memory has been steadily deteriorating over time, it might be worth exploring the possibility of a sleep apnea diagnosis.
While sleep apnea is a disorder that ultimately requires a sleep study to diagnose, these top signs and symptoms can be early indicators that something is affecting your sleep hygiene, be it true apnea or another problem. Of course, sleep apnea and all sleep disorders are medical conditions and should be evaluated by a licensed physician. This article is not meant to replace the advice of a doctor, and Glideway maintains no responsibility for any action or inaction taken on the basis of this article.
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