Some people who suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) find themselves waking up at night while gasping for air. Others have dreams where they feel they are suffocating — and in a sense, that is exactly their problem! Far more often, persons with OSA do not recall the many quick awakenings that occur each time they stop breathing at night due to sleep apnea.
Some of the telltale signs that may manifest themselves during sleep are night sweats, restless sleep or an increased need to urinate during the night. Heartburn, dry mouth or a sore throat on awakening may be symptoms of OSA, and morning headaches are often associated with the condition.
Persons with OSA may have difficulty getting out of bed in the morning, and may experience forgetfulness or difficulty concentrating throughout the day. They may become irritable or depressed for no apparent reason, and sexual disfunction is sometimes linked to OSA. Another frequent symptom is a tendency to fall asleep while sitting or when driving.
Bed partners may have a far easier time recognizing the symptoms of OSA. When snoring becomes irregular, or is punctuated by stoppages of breath and gasps for air, that’s usually a sign that the sleeper is suffering from OSA.
Though far more common in adults, sleep apnea also affects about two percent of children. They may exhibit symptoms that differ from adults, including increased breathing effort at night, restlessness in bed and longer than normal sleep times. Other symptoms can include bed wetting, excessive nighttime sweating, irritability, morning headaches, failure to grow and gain weight and behavioral difficulties without any obvious cause.
If you suspect that you or someone you know is suffering from sleep apnea, you should consult with a sleep medicine specialist such as those who work with Sacramento Sleep Apnea Solutions. Visit our office at 1105 E Street, call us at 916-538-6900 or contact us through our website. Prior to a consultation, we also recommend taking a simple sleepiness self test, available on our site. End sleep apnea with simple, effective dental technology and start your path towards a good night’s sleep today!