Sleep apnea can be very dangerous if left untreated. Sleep apnea will cause a person to basically stop breathing suddenly while sleeping. The condition is very common and can affect almost anyone, at any age.
There are two basic types of sleep apnea, obstructive and central; then there’s a combination of the two. The most common is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), where breathing becomes obstructed due to the relaxation of the muscles that support soft tissues in the throat.
The following are the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea that can be observed in persons suffering from the condition:
Shortness of breath Waking up during the night and feeling short or breath
Snoring The most common symptoms among adults with sleep apnea is snoring.
Wetting the bed Wetting the bed is typically seen more is kids and toddlers and could be seen as a normal habit for children.
Fatigue throughout the day Feeling tired and groggy throughout the day, finding it difficult to pay attention or falling asleep during the day.
Mouth-breathing Consistently sleeping with your mouth open. Usually a bed partner will have to observe this symptom.
Factors that affect and could cause sleep apnea include: excessive alcohol consumption, being overweight, or using tobacco products. If you have any of the formentioned symptoms or know someone that does, consult your physician. A simple home sleep study (HST) or a sleep study done in a lab can help diagnose sleep apnea.