Sleep Apnea Symptoms And Risks To Be Aware Of

    March 27, 2014
    Ellisha Rader Mannering
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Sleep apnea is a common condition that affects as many as 18 million people around the world. Because the condition is so common, many people do not take it seriously or do not even know that they are experiencing sleep apnea. A sleep test conducted by a doctor’s office can confirm if you have sleep apnea and help you find a treatment that works for you. If you think you may be suffering from the condition, you should be aware of the symptoms and risks associated with it.

One of the most common symptoms that sleep apnea sufferers report is feeling tired and not getting enough sleep. Because you stop breathing and your body reacts and wakes you up at various times in the night, you may not be getting a good sleep because of sleep apnea.

Snoring is another common symptom of sleep apnea and although the sufferer may not be aware that he or she is snoring, a partner or family member may make them aware of it. Other common symptoms of sleep apnea include mouth breathing, morning headaches, night sweats and restlessness.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should inform your doctor and ask to have a sleep study done. Sleep apnea can be a sign of other health problems including congestive heart failure.

While sleep apnea can effect anyone, even children, there are several risk factors that make people more likely to suffer from it. Excess weight, age, family history, asthma, smoking and nasal congestion can all cause sleep apnea.

Some people only suffer from sleep apnea occasionally, and others suffer from it every night or anytime they sleep. The danger comes when the body fails to respond to the lack of oxygen and does not alert the sufferer to wake up. If the sufferer does not wake up or breathe, he or she could die in his or her sleep.

Have you been tested for sleep apnea?

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  • Linda Semple Hendrix

    i have it and have worn a cpap at night but in june we moved and i lost track of the cpap. it was old and the numbers outdated. i had another sleep study to find out my new numbers. well. medicare won’t pay for a new cpap unless they get the diagnosis and that was many many yrs ago. no one seems to have a copy . so there for i dont get a new cpap without a new sleep study to diagnosis it. which is stupid . its a pain in the drain because i dont go to sleep till 3 or 4 in the morning and they stop testing at 6 and that is not enough sleep to determin that i have it plus its another 200.00 i would have to pay…grrrrr
    if u buy a new or even used cpap it would cost a fortune. i am not a happy person over this.any suggestions?

    • Jeff

      Stop being so bull headed about it and adjust your schedule to make the sleep study work – save up the money. Sleep apnea could kill you in the long run. Don’t you want to be around for the two little kiddos in your picture?

    • Lindsey

      I have the same sleep schedule. I had to take Ambien to sleep long enough and, even then, I just barely made it. I told them they need to have tests during the day for night people, but they don’t listen. However, taking a sleep aid right after you get to the sleep study place will help.

      • Linda Semple Hendrix

        actually they say not to take anything

      • Linda Semple Hendrix


      • Linda Semple Hendrix

        what is ctu?

    • louise howard

      I just wrote a whole account about cpap and then it made me sign in ,, now i’ve got to type it all again,,,
      they must be hoping id fall asleep and give up
      your doctor should have the records of your test,, and the place where you bought your first machine will have all the records… didn’t you need to put it on computer and download the info from your cpap after the first two weeks or so for your doc to see if it was working for you??? i know i was having over 30 episodes of apnea an hour and my pressure is 11,,, so you must have some idea of what was going on???

      • louise howard

        and if you had another sleep study then that should be the diagnosis for medicare,,,, I don’t know how you get them to pay for it tho unless your a pensioner,,, we are self employed low income entitled to health care card but the cpap was not covered we paid the whole amount with no refunds from medicare

  • Boomer

    I fell asleep behind the wheel several times in a 30 mile stretch. I finally pulled over to take a short nap. About 5 minutes into the nap I got a tap, tap, tap on the window of my truck. It was a police officer who had received calls of a drunk driver, I was that guy. Obviously, I wasn’t drunk but my sleeping behind the wheel was just as dangerous, maybe more so. I was lucky, I didn’t receive a ticket but it was my wake up call. That was about 10 months ago…I had a sleep study done and found that I would experience apnea for up to 90 seconds, many times and hour. The 4 hours I had the CPAP on during the study was the most rested I had felt in years. Since that time I have slept every night with my CPAP and I have more energy than ever and now I really only need about 6-1/2 to 7 hours to feel 100% all day long; I couldn’t take and Sunday nap if I wanted to any more. If you have any of the symptoms they wrote about, have the sleep study…it could change/save your life.