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Sleep Apnea

Signs You Could Have Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders and many cases go undiagnosed. Sleep apnea is characterized by frequent pauses or breaks in breathing during sleep. There are different forms of the disorder and there are some signs you may have it.

Snoring: Chronic and loud snoring is one of the most cited symptoms of sleep apnea. Many who snore may only be alerted by a partner. Since snoring is common, however, it doesn’t necessarily indicate that you have sleep apnea.

Frequent Pauses or Breaks in Breathing: With obstructive sleep apnea, tissues in the tongue or throat become relaxed during sleep and go back into the airways, which will restrict airflow and cause you to stop breathing. Oxygen levels drop and it causes the brain to wake itself up.

You Are Tired All the Time: You think you got plenty of sleep because you were in bed but the breaks and pauses in your sleep will add up to lost time of sleep and quality of sleep.

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