5 signs that you might have Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is a very common problem in many adults in the UK. It can cause poor sleep, which can be detrimental to your health. Sleep Apnea stops you from breathing in your sleep from around 10 seconds up to a minute, evidently, this isn’t brilliant as it stops oxygen getting to the brain.

So… what are the tell tale signs that you might Apnea.

Can Sleep Apnea Be Deadly

  1. Snoring- Quite a few people snore. Snoring occurs when the soft tissue at the back of the throat closes over your airways, causing it to vibrate. Sleep Apnea is noticeable when someone snores which is followed by silence, then a gasping or loud burst of snoring.
  2. Lack of Energy – Because Sleep Apnea interrupts your sleep, many people find they are incredibly tired during the day, often drifting off at lunch breaks or more dangerously, whilst they are driving. They finding it hard to energize themselves.
  3. Heartburn- A Strange one but people suffering from Sleep Apnea see a rise in Heartburn both in the day and at night time.
  4. Forgetfulness- Lack of sleep can interrupt your minds thought process and people find it harder to remember the small things.
  5. Depression and sensitivity- Sleep deprivation can really bring people down. Because you are not fully recharging your body. It can make people feel constantly tired and low.

Treatment for Sleep Apnea starts with seeing your DR. They can refer you to have a sleep test, where you will be monitored during sleep. Treatment can include a mask that provides a constant flow of air and runs through the night, although the mask can sometimes be uncomfortable to sleep in. Another option is a gum shield worn in the mouth which moves the jaw forward.

Other things that will affect the soft tissue at the back of the are things like alcohol, smoking and caffeine, so try to avoid those or reduce those, especially near bed time.

One of the most important things it to make sure you have a comfortable bed and that your body is supported properly. Having too many pillows can cause an upturn in the top half of your body. It is better to have one firm pillow and a memory foam mattress- which supports your body in a straight position.