you live alone this can be harder to detect. Many people wake
themselves up by snoring loudly but don't realize this is the case as
they are still in a sleepy state. If you live on your own then the
easiest way to tell whether or not you have been snoring is to record audio of yourself when
you are asleep.
occurs if the airway is blocked by your tongue and throat muscles
relaxing when falling asleep. The level and volume of snoring increases
when laying on our backs due to the relaxed muscles slumping backwards
in to the top of the airway. This then causes the tissue of the nose
and throat to vibrate.
Being overly sleepy or
tired during the day is also one of the main signs of
sleep apnea. It can take its toll on the body and the mind and leave a
person feeling irritable and tired during the day. Depending on age and
general health, people usually require between six and nine hours
of interrupted sleep a night to feel well and refreshed. If this sleep
is disturbed for any reason it can lead to tiredness and fatigue.
A lack of sleep can eventually lead to feelings of being depressed and moody.
This is generally linked with being tired but can also be separate. As
a result of caffeine, alcohol, medication, different food types and
various supplements, fatigue can be masked if a person is receiving
enough energy from what they are consuming.
this cannot control lack of sleep and the body will try to show it in
other ways such as mood swings. If you are suffering from unusual and
unexplained mood swings then you should consider that this may be due
to a lack of sleep.
Another one of the signs of
sleep apnea is having
or finding it difficult
to concentrate. This symptom also ties in with tiredness
and mood swings. Sleep is nature's way of giving the brain time to
process information and thoughts.
your body may be resting, your brain is working hard and relies on the
continuous, uninterrupted sleep you are getting to recharge itself.
Having the odd night without sleep will not have a massive impact on
your memory but long term lack of sleep can not only be damaging to
your physical well-being but also your mental health.
Your Body Gives off Signs of Sleep Apnea
urinate during the night can be a sign of having too much
fluid to drink before you sleep. If this problem occurs frequently it
is known as nocturia:
a cause of sleep deprivation that happens mostly to older adults. Most
research in this area has led experts to believe that this problem is
caused by a full bladder but more recently it has been linked to sleep
apnea. As we get older, our bodies are less able to retain fluid and
this leads to us producing more fluid at night. The bladder also loses
its holding capacity as we age which results in needing to urinate more
frequent urinating in relation to sleep apnea, the airway becomes
blocked which causes the lungs to work harder to pull oxygen into the
lungs. The heart perceives this change of blood flow in the body as
having too much fluid in the system, leading to the body to think it
needs to expel this fluid. If you have always experienced this issue
then there is a chance you have had sleep apnea for a long time (or
alternatively you may have a separate urinary problem).
Several sleeping disorders can
by or made worse by pregnancy, including sleep apnea. The
main reason for disturbed sleep patterns and snoring
in pregnant women is a result of changing hormone levels,
which can have many different effects on the body, as well as nausea
and anxiety which can also play a part in sleep disruption.
In a similar way to adults, children can also suffer from this sleep
is most common between
the ages of three and six when their tonsils and adenoids
are at their largest. The symptoms for children can be similar to
adults but unlike adults, they can be quite hyperactive during the day
following a poor night's sleep.
Having a dry mouth or
sore throat is also one of the signs of sleep apnea. This
can potentially be more dangerous than it sounds as it may be a result
of disrupted breathing while sleeping. This could then result in the
lungs not getting the full amount of oxygen they require to function
properly and, in more extreme cases, the cardiovascular system slowly
you can imagine, this problem would lead to the mouth and throat being
dry and sore. Many people choose to ignore these signs as they believe
it is a very common problem and the pain tends to ease during the day.
profusely and frequently in bed has been linked to sleep
apnea. It can happen excessively to the point of waking up completely
drenched. Night sweats can occur when a person is temporarily but
consistently awoken from their sleep.
headaches can be a vicious cycle when it comes to trying
to get a good night's rest. A severely sore head, or migraine, can
actually wake a person up and also prevent them from being able to
the other hand, a bad sleep pattern can cause
headaches so it is extremely important to avoid getting into this cycle
if your headaches are becoming more frequent.
Remember that if you are
concerned in any way about your general health you should speak to a
pharmacist or better yet, consult a doctor.