Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
If you have been experiencing excessive daytime tiredness, chronic snoring, and choking or gasping during your sleep, then you might be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnoea symptoms! Read more about the symptoms of Sleep Apnoea below and whether you should take a sleep study.
Identifying sleep apnoea can be a challenge, as common obstructive sleep apnoea symptoms such as loud chronic snoring and choking/gasping during your sleep occur when you are in an unconscious state of mind. Therefore, usually it is only a sleeping partner that will notice these symptoms.
One of the most common symptoms you can look out for yourself is whether you suffer from excessive daytime tiredness. Affecting almost 20 percent of the population, excessive daytime tiredness is most commonly a sign of an untreated sleeping disorder.
Excessive daytime tiredness
Excessive daytime tiredness is a common sign that you might be suffering from OSA. Even if you have had a substantial amount of sleep, you might still experience a constant tiredness if you suffer from OSA. This is due to the apnea episodes occurring during the night, in which you might not be fully aware of these breathing pauses interrupting your sleep. You are therefore tricked into thinking that you have had a great night of sleep. This is deceiving because you may not of actually reached a full restorative level of sleep, even if you appear to have slept for plenty of hours. If you are experiencing excessive daytime tiredness, it is highly advisable that you take a sleep study to confirm your diagnosis of OSA.
Loud chronic snoring
Snoring is another very common symptom of untreated OSA sufferers. Snoring occurs when you are asleep and your airways begin to relax and narrow. The unpleasant sound is caused by the vibration of the soft tissue in your head and neck as you breathe in and out during sleep. If you or your partner suffer from chronic snoring, you might be at risk of OSA so it is advised that you take a sleep study.
Choking and gasping during sleep
People who suffer from undiagnosed sleep apnoea often wake up in the night suddenly due to shortness of breath. Upon waking, they may project a snorting, gasping or choking sound. Choking during your sleep is often caused by a blockage to your airways during the night. When air cannot reach the lungs because of a blockage to your airways, it can cause you to wake up suddenly choking and gasping for air. In some cases, people with untreated OSA will stop breathing completely while they are asleep, which can be extremely dangerous and lead to death. If you or your partner have been experiencing choking during your sleep, then that is a strong indicator you could have OSA. It is therefore strongly advised that you take a sleep study promptly so that you can receive fast treatment.
Sleep apnoea symptoms summary
- Loud chronic snoring
- Choking or gasping while asleep
- Excessive daytime tiredness
- Morning headaches
- Depression and irritability
- Periods of short or no breath, observed by your sleeping partner
- Decreased sexual desire
- Nocturia (waking during the night to go to the bathroom)
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory loss
If you suffer from any of the symptoms of Sleep Apnoea listed above, then it is highly advisable that you take a sleep study to prevent putting yourself at risk of future health complications!
OSA can reduce the quality of both you and your partner’s lives if left untreated. It is therefore very advisable that if you believe you suffer from the common OSA symptoms, you either talk to your GP, a sleep specialist clinic or take a private sleep study.
If OSA is left untreated, it poses you to many later health complications, and you are at greater risk of being involved in a fatal road accident. When you treat your OSA, you will be easing your risk of later health complications including high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, weight gain and vehicle accidents.