“I’m waking up tired.” “I need an afternoon nap.” "Why am I tired all the time? I sleep all the time and it never seems to be enough!" “I’m just dragging, all day, every day.” Do any of these complaints sound familiar to you? Even if you’re going to bed early every night, you’re waking up exhausted. Perhaps you’re feeling like you never slept at all.
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.
If you've been reading this blog, you've noticed there are many ways to refer to feeling sleepy all the time, such as:
Hypersomnolence refers to ongoing feelings of sleepiness during the day even though you are otherwise perfectly healthy and have had adequate sleep at night.
(Note: If you have trouble staying awake during the day but you have other health issues, untreated sleep problems, or use certain medications, then your sleepiness has different origins and is, therefore, not hypersomnolence, in and of itself.)
Whatever words you use to describe the experience of feeling sleepy during the day, the most important thing to recognize is that, while a little dip in energy after a meal is one thing, major sleepiness throughout wakeful periods is not normal.
Aside from feeling sleepy, here are some other signs you may have hypersomnolence.