Sleep Apnea Signs
Although millions of people from all walks of life have sleep apnea, only a small minority have been appropriately diagnosed and treated. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious health problem, but it can be easy to miss because many people are simply unfamiliar with the symptoms. Learning to recognize sleep apnea signs can ensure you can lead a healthier, more restful life in spite of the condition.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
- Loud, chronic snoring
- Pauses in breathing or in snoring
- Choking or gasping sounds during sleep
- Positional snoring, or snoring that only occurs when you are in specific positions
- Daytime sleepiness that is severe enough to interfere with your normal tasks
- Unintentionally falling asleep during the day
- Morning headaches
- Dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening
- Inability to concentrate
- Mood swings, personality changes or depression
- Frequent waking throughout the night
Children may have different sleep apnea signs that can include:
- Behavior problems
- Poor performance in school
- Mouth breathing
Sleep apnea is often associated with extremely loud snoring, but snoring is not the only problem that can develop from sleep apnea. The reduced oxygen levels that occur during the breathing pauses can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease and other health problems. For those with a history of cardiovascular problems, these pauses could raise your blood pressure and cause a potentially life-threatening cardiac event. You may also be more susceptible to complications after surgery, and you may be more prone to eye problems such as glaucoma.
We offer complimentary consultations that can help us identify the source of your sleep problem so that we can make personalized recommendations. Diagnosis can include a full medical history, physical exam and sleep study, which we perform in your home to ensure your maximum comfort. Treatment options can vary based on the type of sleep problem that you have, the severity of it and your own personal preferences and needs.
If you have one or more signs of sleep apnea, we can help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our sleep apnea treatment center in Los Angeles.
Disclaimer: Obviously, every patient’s case is different, and needs to be properly diagnosed and treated by a healthcare professional. Please see your healthcare professional or contact us for an appointment.