Sleep apnea can be a dangerous and scary problem. The scariest thing about it is that you are not conscious for most of it. Anybody should know about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is episodes of not breathing while you are sleeping. These episodes usually last up to 10 seconds and can happen over and over every hour of the night.
Sleep apnea can be caused for different reason in different people and ages. If you have blocked airways, it can cause this problem. If you have constant problems with drainage from mucus in the throat or nose, this could be the culprit as well while you are sleeping.
Tonsils and adenoids can be the problem in adults and in children as well.
Being overweight can also increase the risk of developing sleep apnea.
- feeling overly tired during the day
- headaches; usually immediately after waking up
- snoring; tossing and turning (if you sleep with someone, they may notice these things)
- stop breathing during sleep (they may notice this too)
There are a couple treatments available, but it can be hard to figure out exactly what it right for you. You may be advised to wear strips to open airways at night, get tonsils or adenoids removed, or lose weight. It is a subject that should absolutely be brought up to your doctor because of the intensity that it can reach.
If you are worried that you may have this condition, you may want to ask your sleeping partner about your habits while you are sleeping and pay close attention to what you feel like in the morning as you wake up and through the day.