The Little Known Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

The Little Known Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Are you or a loved one plagued by loud, aggressive snoring that is often followed by long silences? Do you or a loved one toss and turn all night and find yourself waking up in the morning still feeling drained? If you answered yes, you or a loved one could be suffering from sleep apnea as these all fall under the symptoms of sleep apnea. Having sleep apnea means that the airway is being constricted or blocked during the sleep cycle, and this creates a small pause in breathing. The problem with this is the intermittent pauses of breath takes about 10 to 30 seconds before your brain realizes and partially wakes you up so you can breathe again. While this lifesaving reaction happens automatically and prevents you from dying, your body can be flooded by stress hormones in the process.

If you have sleep apnea, you may experience daily sore throats, fatigue, dry mouth, and a host of other symptoms. However, there are other little-known symptoms of sleep apnea that you may not know about.

• Current research is suggesting that sleep apnea may be one of the causes of Type 2 Diabetes. The disruptions associated with sleep apnea, such as the disrupted sleep patterns and the disruptions of blood and oxygen, impacts how the body metabolizes, which can lead to diabetes.
• Having sleep apnea can cause an irregular heartbeat to become a common occurrence. The cycles of sleep apnea can have a negative effect on the heart rate, and over time these cycles that affect the heartbeat can slowly diminish proper functioning of the heart.
• Sleep apnea is also connected to ischemic heart disease, a condition that restricts the flow of blood and oxygen to tissues, including the heart muscle. This occurs when the coronary arteries become blocked or restricted, which diminishes the heart’s ability to function properly.
• With sleep apnea, heart rate and blood pressure drop, reducing the blood flow to the brain. When the blood and oxygen flow to the brain becomes limited or cut off, it could be the result of cerebrovascular disease. Some of the common forms of cerebrovascular disease including stroke, aneurysms, stenosis, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and more.
• While fatigue is a known side effect, many don’t consider the disastrous effect it can have on a person. Fatigue can lead to accidents at work or at home, such as falling asleep at the wheel or getting hurt at work due to a lack of concentration.

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