Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is a common sleep disorder, though many patients who have it don’t know it yet. That’s because many of the symptoms of sleep apnea aren’t always obvious. Even obvious signs that you’re having trouble sleeping can be confusing because patients with OSA believe that they sleep soundly every night. Today, we examine a few of the warning signs of sleep apnea that you might miss, or at least fail to realize are symptoms of a sleep disorder.
Excessive, loud, and chronic snoring is the most common sign of OSA. The condition involves oral and throat tissues clogging your airway, and as this happens, the constriction in your airway causes you to snore louder and louder. However, not all snoring indicates OSA; if you have the disorder, then your snoring will follow a pattern of growing louder, then stopping as you stop breathing, then starting over again soon after.
Chronic Headaches and Migraines
Headaches can often be a sign that your snore too much, even if you don’t have sleep apnea, because snoring restricts the amount of oxygen you receive every night. With sleep apnea, however, headaches and migraines become more consistent and more severe. In addition to reduced oxygen, sleep apnea also deprives you of deep sleep, which exacerbates your headaches.
Sleep Deprivation Symptoms
Because sleep apnea stops you from achieving deep sleep, your body and mind won’t rest and recuperate properly. You may feel yourself becoming more tired faster each day, as well as other signs of sleep deprivation, like increased irritability, difficulty concentrating, and a weaker immune system.
Find Out How to Cure Sleep Apnea Symptoms
If you exhibit these or other signs of obstructive sleep apnea, then you should seek a sleep assessment as soon as possible to get the restful sleep you need. To find out if sleep apnea treatment can help you, call Houston Sleep Solutions in Spring, TX, at (281) 320-2000, or in Pearland, TX, at (832) 564-3508.