Do I have sleep apnea?
A lot of people snore at night, but once you or your partner start noticing chronic loud snoring – this usually is a sign that you suffer from sleep apnea.
Regardless of how many people snore when asleep, chronic loud snoring is not something to ignore. This is usually one of the most common signs a patient encounters when suffering from sleep apnea. Most patients don’t realize they’re suffering from sleep apnea, because it occurs when they are asleep.
Sleep Apnea Greater Los Angeles
Signs & Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
•Loud or frequent snoring
•Choking or gasping while you sleep
•Pauses in breathing
•Excessive daytime sleepiness
•Insomnia due to difficulty staying asleep
•Waking up with dry mouth or a sore throat
•Frequent need to urinate during the night
•Memory or learning problems
•Moodiness, irritability or depression
Risks of Sleep Apnea
A lot of people think that sleep apnea can only affect older, overweight men. However, anyone can have sleep apnea, regardless of gender, age or body type. If you have any of the following traits you may be at a higher risk:
•Excess weight – An adult with a BMI of 25 or higher is considered to be overweight. Your risk of sleep apnea increases with the amount of excess body weight.
•Large neck size (>17 inches for men, > 16 inches for women) – A large neck will have more fatty tissue that can block your airway.
•Older age (40+ for men, 50+ for women) – Sleep apnea occurs more often in older adults, especially people older than 60.
•Being male – Men have twice the risk having sleep apnea compared to women
•Smoker – Smokers have a higher risk of sleep apnea
•Hypertensive – High blood pressure is very common in people with sleep apnea
•Family history – Sleep apnea can appear more often among family members. This may be a result of either inherited traits or common lifestyles.
Some symptoms sounding familiar?
Good news! it isn’t too late, but you need to act fast so we can assess any and all issues. Did we mention consultations and second opinions are free?