Sleep Apnoea is a quite serious sleep disorder which causes a temporary halt of airflow to the lungs for a minimum period of 10 seconds. The causes of sleep Apnoea are varied and it can affect people of any age, but most cases occur in those who are overweight and in women over 40 who have menopause.
In addition to adversely affecting the quality of sleep, sleep apnoea affects the cardiovascular health of the patient due to lower levels of oxygen in the blood, so it is essential to diagnose and treat it. In the following OneHowTo article we explain in detail how to diagnose sleep apnoea with some of the more common symptoms.
Many symptoms of sleep apnoea occur while the patient is sleeping, so it is possible that your partner will notice it first. The main and most frequent sign of this disorder is the strong and constant snoring, which is accompanied by pauses in breathing for a period of between 10 and 60 seconds and choppy breaths or similar sounds that are emitted when someone airflow is restricted.
This is because when suffering from sleep apnoea, a relaxation of the muscles occurs, causing repeated airway obstruction and a reduction of oxygen concentration in the blood. That is why the patient wakes up repeatedly overnight, startled by a choking sensation.
The above symptoms cause excessive sleepiness or fatigue during the day in people with sleep apnoea. They tend to fall asleep easily at any time, especially during quieter moments during the day, and this daytime sleepiness can be very dangerous because it could endanger the patient's life in certain circumstances such as when driving.
Besides these, there are other signs to tell you if you have sleep apnoea and need to see a specialist. They are the following:
- Irritability and mood changes.
- Headaches in the morning.
- Learning or memory problems and difficulty concentrating.
- Dry mouth and throat when waking up.
- Often waking up at night to urinate, jerky body movements during sleep.
Remember that not always the occasional snoring or pauses in breathing are pathological, but it is still important if you suffer signs like the previous ones to immediately visit a specialist to detect if you have any disorder such as sleep apnoea.
This article is merely informative, OneHowTo does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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