If you yourself are wondering if you are suffering from sleep apnea or if the person you are sharing a bed with has similar suspicions, it’s definitely something not to be taken lightly. Sleep apnea is a condition that literally causes your breathing to repeatedly stop and start multiple if not dozens of times during your sleep cycle. Here are three large indicators of sleep apnea:
- Loud Snoring
Snoring is something that everyone experiences at one point in their lives or another. Whether you’re snoring because you have a cold or you are simply just that exhausted, it’s a fairly normal part of the sleep cycle. However, if you or your partner is snoring loud enough every night to wake up everybody in the house, this is one of the biggest indications of sleep apnea. This loud snoring with sleep apnea is caused by your body’s sudden and frequent reaction to you stopping and starting to breathe abruptly over over and over again.
- Sore Throat and Dry Mouth
If you wake up day after day with an extreme sore throat and dry mouth, this is another large indication of sleep apnea. By placing a lot of emphasis on your heart and lungs, sleep apnea can cause a strain on your throat and make you to breathe through your mouth while sleeping, which can cause both the sore throat and the dry mouth.
- Sleep Deprived
If you or your partner wakes up from a solid 8 hours worth of sleep every night and still feel exhausted, it might be something worth checking out. By disturbing your breathing and your REM sleep every night, sleep apnea doesn’t allow your body to rest and recuperate— leaving you feeling like a zombie.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that affects millions of people each year. If you or your partner are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it might be time to visit a doctor and have a sleep study done.
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