FAST FACTS: Signs that you might have sleep apnea

The most obvious signs of sleep apnea—the loud snoring, the gasping—are often the only reasons some people come to see the doctor about sleep breathing disorders.

However, there are several other signs and symptoms of sleep apnea you need to be aware of. These are often overlooked indicators that, by themselves, don't seem like they can be connected to a sleep disorder.

Put them together, though, and you have several warning signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) you will not want to ignore.

 

15 signs you might have sleep apnea

  1. You snore or snort yourself awake
  2. Loved ones have witnessed pauses in breathing as you sleep 
  3. You suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness and feel tired all the time
  4. You experience morning headaches 
  5. You have high blood pressure
  6. You are overweight or obese
  7. You find you are having mood swings, depression, irritability, or anxiety you didn't have before
  8. You have trouble waking up in the morning
  9. You're a restless sleeper, tossing and turning all night long
  10. You need to use the restroom several times a night
  11. You have experienced problems with bedwetting
  12. You need to prop yourself up with pillows or sit in a recliner in order to sleep 
  13. You have inexplicable bouts of insomnia either at the beginning of the night or later in the night
  14. You awaken with a racing heart or find yourself gasping for breath 
  15. In the morning, your throat or mouth is dry, raw, or hoarse 

If you can relate to more than one—or several—of these signs, you may wish to consult your doctor about the possibility that you might have sleep apnea. Also, we offer a FREE sleep apnea test and consultation opportunity below, if you're concerned.

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