Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Signs and Symptoms

A man is lying in bed, sleeping. He appears to be snoring as well because of his obstructive sleep apnea.

Determine if you have obstructive sleep apnea. Look for the signs and symptoms.

Many of us lack the sleep that we need. According to the CDC, insufficient sleep is a public health problem. Adults need an average of 7-8 hours of sleep a night. When people do not sleep well, they have trouble concentrating, remembering, working, and doing other important task. That is why obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a pressing concern. It is important to find out if you are at risk so that you can seek relief.

Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Snoring – Snoring is the most telling sign of obstructive sleep apnea. When your airways are obstructed or inflamed, this makes it harder to breathe. This causes snoring, which is the vibrated sound you hear as a result.

Unfortunately, people are not conscious during sleep. This makes it harder for patients to determine if they are snoring at night. Without another person to examine their sleeping habits, the affected person has no knowledge of their condition.

Interrupted Sleep – Do you find yourself waking up in the middle night? Then you should consider talking with your doctor or an otolaryngologist. Pauses in breathing during sleep builds up carbon dioxide. This tells the brain that the body is not getting enough oxygen, and forces an individual to wake up.

Fatigue – This is a common symptom of OSA. People who experience trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, headaches, and irritability are most likely at risk for OSA. This kind of fatigue can present itself as daytime sleepiness and trouble getting up in the morning. Without proper rest, your body suffers. It is not uncommon for people to develop social disorders, such as depression and anxiety.

Treating OSA

Obstructive sleep apnea is a blockage in the upper airway. Many doctors use CPAP therapy to relieve symptoms. However, CPAP is a long-term treatment and usually works if your symptoms are temporary.

The balloon sinuplasty procedure provides fast and long-lasting relief. Most patients seeing results within the week. This is because the procedure is minimally invasive. You do not need to worry about long recovery times and complications. See a qualified otolaryngologist. You can go back to a good night’s sleep.

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