Symptoms That May Alert You To Sleep Apnoea
Do you wake up feeling less than refreshed? Perhaps you have a partner who has complained about your snoring? If so it is possible you might have sleep apnoea, a condition that needs to be taken seriously.
What is Sleep Apnoea?
If you have sleep apnoea you may breathe very shallowly or you could cease breathing altogether for a few seconds, often hundreds of times each night. You might awaken with a loud gasp or snort, interfering with your quality of sleep. The most common form of sleep apnoea is called Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), where there are repeated episodes when the upper airway is partially or completely blocked.
What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea?
The most common symptoms include:
- Daytime sleepiness or excessive fatigue
- A dry or sore throat upon wakening
- Waking up with a headache
- Night sweats
- Sexual dysfunction
Children can also develop sleep apnoea and their symptoms might be more subtle. Those with OSA may develop learning and behavioural difficulties and can perform poorly at school. They might sleep in unusual positions, sweat excessively during sleep and be more prone to wetting the bed. Small children with sleep apnoea may have swollen tonsils or adenoids. If you think your child might have sleep apnoea then it is a good idea to try and get a proper diagnosis and suitable treatment as soon as you can.
Who is at Risk of Developing Sleep Apnoea?
Sleep apnoea can affect all ages, but men are slightly more prone than women and this condition is most common in those aged between 30 and 60. Sometimes it can be caused by someone having a smaller airway than normal or it may be related to other medical conditions. Obesity is a major risk factor and the condition can be aggravated by drinking alcohol.
Untreated sleep apnoea can have a serious effect on general health, so if you or a partner snores then please make an appointment to come and see us. Treatment is often very straightforward and we are sure you will enjoy finally having a good night’s sleep once again.