Obstructive sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes the airway to collapse or block while you sleep. It can cause you to stop breathing for 20 to 30 seconds in a row, several times during the night. Symptoms of this condition include snoring, daytime sleepiness, and difficulty concentrating. It is also linked to serious health problems, such as high blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythms.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, your doctor may ask you to be tested for it before surgery. Treatment options include lifestyle changes, respiratory devices, and surgery.The brain detects this breathing disorder and wakes you briefly from sleep so you can reopen your respiratory tract. Snoring doesn't necessarily indicate anything potentially serious, and not everyone who snores has obstructive sleep apnea. However, if you experience any of the following four symptoms, it's important to talk to your doctor about getting tested for obstructive sleep apnea:
1.SnoringSnoring is one of the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.
It occurs when the airway is partially blocked and air is forced through a narrow opening. This causes the soft tissues in the throat to vibrate, resulting in a loud snoring sound.
2.Daytime SleepinessPeople with obstructive sleep apnea often feel excessively sleepy during the day. This is because their sleep is disrupted multiple times throughout the night, preventing them from getting enough restorative sleep.
3.Difficulty ConcentratingPoor quality sleep can interfere with your ability to concentrate and remember things. If you find yourself having difficulty focusing or making decisions, it could be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea.
4.High Blood PressureSudden drops in blood oxygen levels that occur during obstructive sleep apnea increase blood pressure and exhaust the cardiovascular system.
Many people with this condition develop high blood pressure (hypertension), which can increase the risk of heart disease.If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor about getting tested for obstructive sleep apnea. Treatment options include lifestyle changes, respiratory devices, and surgery.