What is a Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a common condition which occurs when a person’s airway becomes partially or completely blocked many times during sleep. Around 5% of men and 3% of women have Sleep Apnea that is severe enough to have negative effects on their health, causing sleepiness, high blood pressure and increased risk of cardiac disease and diabetes. Given how common Sleep Apnea is, and the negative effects it has on health, Sleep Apnea is important to look for and treat if present.
What are the Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
- Loud Snoring
- Daytime Sleepiness
- A sense of waking choking or gasping for air
- Apneas (pauses in breathing) witnessed by bed partner
- Problems with concentration and memory
- Mood changes or Feeling irritable
- Frequent urination in the night
- Morning headaches on waking up