Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Sleep apnea affects over 5 million Canadians and is very common throughout the world, but often goes undiagnosed. Normally, people who are diagnosed with sleep apnea find out that they have the condition because their bed partner notices them snoring excessively or stop breathing during the night. If you are constantly tired and lack energy, you may be experiencing the effects of sleep apnea.
Other common symptoms include:
While loud snoring is a classic sign for sleep apnea, not all patients with sleep apnea will present with snoring as a primary sign. Women in particular, may be more likely to complain of difficulty sleeping, fatigue and depression rather than snoring or witnessed apneas.
Some Factors that may make someone more susceptible to sleep apnea are:
When to See a Doctor
It is important to know that if you are experiencing any of these symptoms and are concerned, please see your doctor. Sleep apnea may seem mild to many people, but over time, it can increase your risk of:
- High blood pressure
- Daytime fatigue and exhaustion
- Heart problems
- Type 2 diabetes
- Metabolic syndrome
- Liver problems
- Sleep deprived partners due to snoring
- Surgery complications
Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition and should be treated like one, so if you think you need to be tested, be sure to reach out to your doctor to get a consultation today.