Signs That You May Have Sleep Apnea
There are conditions that we live with for a long time and walk around not realizing that we have them. It is almost funny how we accept some health disorders and count them as normal when really, they are not supposed to be. Among these disorders is the infamous sleep apnea that affects quite a large number of adults today. A lot of people may recognize this is a disorder but what they don’t know is the health implications attached to it. A characteristic of this disorder is the frequent pauses and breaks in breathing when someone is asleep. This disorder is brought about by a number of things, one of them being that the brain does not receive communication from the respiratory system. How this happens is that the brain does not receive breath signals from the respiratory system and therefore it causes a pause in breathing. Physical blockages that interrupt breath also explain these breaks in breathing. For example, the tongue can collapse in the airway and therefore obstruct proper breathing. This is one of the most common causes for this disorder and explains 85% of all the occurrences of sleep apnea.
This is a disorder that people hardly notice because mostly it manifests when they are asleep. There are however other symptoms that are experienced while awake that may signify the presence of this disorder. The first one is extreme mood swings. Sleep apnea affects the quality of sleep and people tend to get moody when they’ve not had enough sleep. If you realize that you’re getting short tempered, irritable and always in a bad mood, it may be time to consider the possibility of having this disorder. Moreover, sleep is now also causing high blood pressure which is also explained by the lack of quality sleep. In this case, during the breaks where you’re not breathing, the brain does not receive enough oxygen and the response of the body is to increase blood pressure.
Waking up with headaches is also another common symptom of sleep apnea. This is a symptom that is closely related to the brain not receiving enough oxygen and the pressure in blood vessels increasing. The result of the increased pressure and blood vessels is vascular headaches. On top of these, being overweight and obesity are conditions that also contribute to this sleep disorder in that the fat buildup in the throat area becomes the physical obstruction to proper breathing. These are both symptoms and also causes of sleep apnea. The solution to curing sleep apnea can be as easy as losing weight among other options.