Sleep apnea is a condition where your airways become blocked, obstructing your sleep until you can wake up to get oxygen. If you’ve been snoring excessively lately, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. This condition is diagnosed by a sleep study that will track your oxygen levels, heart rate, and other body movements while you’re sleeping. There are many different symptoms associated with sleep apnea – snoring, gasping, excessive sleepiness (while you’re awake), etc. If you are experiencing any of these signs, whether you know you are or a partner is telling you, it may be time to get a sleep study done. Do you have sleep apnea?
How Do You Know If You Have Sleep Apnea?
Oftentimes sleep apnea is hard to diagnose because patients are unaware that they are snoring since they are asleep. However, just because you snore does not mean you have sleep apnea – but most people won’t remember having to wake up throughout the night to breathe, and that is when they could have sleep apnea. A sore throat, dry mouth, headaches in the morning, daytime sleepiness, and abrupt awakenings throughout the night to catch your breath are all signs that you could be suffering from sleep apnea.
How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Mild sleep apnea can almost always be treated by changing your diet and correcting habits that include smoking or chewing tobacco. For moderate to severe sleep apnea there are different machines and appliances that you can try to figure out what works for you.