Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious condition that can lead to hundreds of sleep interruptions a night. Sleep apnea symptoms can vary significantly, which is why sleep apnea is so often diagnosed incorrectly or treated improperly. In fact, nine out of 10 people who have sleep apnea do not even know that they have a problem.
Chronic obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of the disorder and is caused by obstructions in the breathing passages. This can occur due to excess throat tissue, an abnormally small throat or similar problems. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to send the proper messages to the muscles that control breathing. Symptoms for both types of apnea are similar and can include:
- Snoring that is loud enough to wake others or yourself
- Excessive daytime sleepiness or falling asleep during work or recreational activities
- Attention problems during the day
- Breathing cessation during sleep, which may be noticed or remarked upon by a sleeping partner
- Shortness of breath during sleep
- Waking abruptly or difficulty staying asleep
- Dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening
- Headache upon awakening
- Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Symptoms of sleep apnea can be easy to overlook or ignore. However, if you are snoring loudly, have loud snoring that is punctuated by pauses in breathing or feel chronically fatigued, irritable or sleepy, an evaluation may be in order. We offer complimentary consultations so that you can learn more about your needs and treatment options without any risk.
Not all sleep apnea symptoms are a result of sleep apnea, which is why an evaluation is necessary. We will work with you to diagnose your problem and recommend the most appropriate treatment to help you get a good night’s sleep again. Many treatment options are available and can help improve not just your quality of sleep but also reduce your risk of sleep apnea-related health problems, such as cardiovascular disease and depression.
If you have one or several symptoms of sleep apnea, we can help. Contact our Los Angeles sleep apnea treatment center today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.