When you consider the various symptoms that could be indicative of sleep apnea, one of the most noticeable is pauses in breathing during sleep. One of the symptoms is frequently snoring and this causes many to assume that they have sleep apnea. This is only half of the story though as there are other symptoms as well that could be a sign of a serious problem with sleep apnea.
So, let’s talk about some signs of obstructive sleep apnea, where breathing pauses during sleep and the resultant snoring. The first symptom is increased snoring, which is known as apnea syndrome or snoring syndrome.
This increase in snoring could mean many things. It could be an inability to breathe while sleeping, or it could be caused by something else. In the cases where the person snores with a change in nasal position, this could be the sign of chronic obstructive sleep apnea. As the term suggests, the snoring pauses during sleep are long and are caused by a blockage of the airway.
In other cases of the apnea syndrome, it could be that a simple snore has been caused by nasal obstruction, it could be a deeper obstruction that leads to the throat becoming stuffed with tons of soft tissue, or it could simply be an obstruction of the airway due to the constant pressure built up. Whatever the cause, the usual end result is the same.
Another common symptom of sleep apnea is irritability and restlessness during the day. Irritability and restlessness could be caused by many factors, such as sleeplessness, jet lag, fatigue, a loss of muscle tone due to lack of sleep, stress, or even poor diet and medication. For some people, these symptoms may take on more extreme forms and result in a complete loss of ability to function at all, and they may even require hospitalization and sleep deprivation to get the rest they need.
Often the most severe symptoms of sleep apnea are snoring, pauses during sleep. These can be quite loud and are often accompanied by other loud noises as well. The loudness and intensity of loud snoring can vary greatly from person to person. Although there are certain measures a person can take to reduce the incidence of sleep apnea, loud snoring can be almost debilitating to a person’s well-being.
Another point to consider is that people who snore in their sleep may not actually snore at all. Sleep apnea is not a medical condition that can be diagnosed using X-rays, CT scans, or even a full night’s sleep. It is a symptom, and the loud and disruptive pauses during sleep may just be part of a person’s normal sleep pattern.
Since it is not a medical condition, the symptoms of sleep apnea can be treated, but there are limitations to how effective such treatment can be. If the loud snoring is left untreated, it can lead to serious health problems. Some serious health problems that could arise from a person’s snoring include:
Several factors are thought to be involved in the cause of apnea syndrome. They range from simple lifestyle habits to changes in body weight, to diet and lifestyle changes. The most common cause of apnea syndrome is stressed since the majority of the cases involve people who are already under some sort of significant stress.
Those who do have sleep apnea are often concerned about the effects it may have on their body since the loud snoring can be disruptive to a person’s sleep. The annoying and loud snoring can interrupt sleep and prevent a person from getting a good night’s sleep.
Since there is no cure for sleep apnea, it is important that a person has some kind of support system available to help them deal with the disorder. There are several ways to treat this disorder, including therapies, medications, dieting, and many more.