Or is it? Everybody snores, right? Well, maybe not everybody but anywhere from 50% on down to 30% of people – at least at some point in their life – snore or have snored. And no, it is not always sleep apnea. Sadly however, sleep apnea goes undiagnosed in many cases and can be fatal in severe circumstances. Sleep apnea has a number of possible causes, any number of possible effects on your life and, thanks to modern science, more possible solutions now than ever before in history. Chances are that one sleep apnea treatment out there will be the one that works for you.
How Do You Know If You Have Sleep Apnea?
There is what seems a never-ending list of possible signs and symptoms of sleep apnea. One of these by themselves does not necessarily call for alarm. A combination of several however might be enough reason to prompt a visit to your doctor or specialist. Here is a list of possible sleep apnea signs and symptoms: excessive nightly bathroom visits, lowered sex drive, headaches in the morning, a feeling of crowding around your airway, and overly large neck, weight gain, depression, chest pain at night, blood pressure that is higher in normal, angering more quickly than usual, loss of memory, lack of focus, bad judgment, reduced mental acuity, restlessness, choking or gasping during sleep, drowsiness during the daytime and breathing pauses while snoring. Granted, that’s an awful lot of symptoms to keep an eye out for but once again, just having one of those symptoms is not necessarily sleep apnea so keep that in mind.
Just A Few Factoids You May Not Have Known
- Factoid Number One – Heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity can be long-term effects of undiagnosed sleep apnea, which occurs in anywhere from 10% to 5% of Americans. Again, that’s undiagnosed.
- Factoid Number Two – ignoring sleep apnea can take as much as 15 or as few as 10 years off of your life expectancy.
- Factoid Number Three – in certain states, the condition of sleep apnea in severe or moderate forms can bar truckers from doing what it is they do for a living… Driving.
- One Final Factoid – aside from being life-threatening, untreated sleep apnea can actually put a severe strain on relationships to the point of couples having to sleep separately. After sleeping separately – who knows what else you’ll be doing separately.
There are both medical and nonmedical related treatments for sleep apnea. Should you become concerned that you may be suffering from this condition it is best to check with your doctor. Of course you can’t always get in right away to see your doctor so feel free to check out some form of sleep apnea control that is not medically related in the meantime, if you so choose.