The first sign that something is wrong with your sleep may not happen at night at all. You do not notice anything wrong at night, but during the day you are exhausted and forgetful. You can even find yourself asleep at inappropriate times and in inappropriate places. What could exactly be wrong? Take a look at these sleep apnea symptoms, and see if they apply to you.
First of all, do you go to bed at night, just to wake up unhindered - even exhausted? Are you forgetful during the day, feeling like your brain is foggy. These symptoms may mean that while you sleep for a reasonable amount of time, sleep is not allowed to restorative. There are several types or bikes of sleep, and your body and brain need to go through all of them to charge the batteries.
Another sleep apnea symptom, and a very talkative, wakes up during the night or gasping for breathing. If you are unsure whether you do this and share your bed, ask your partner. You may not be aware of this happening, but the chance is that they know. They also know if you're a loud snore. You can even wake snoring. Snoring is often, if not always, related to sleep apnea.
While asking your partner about your sleep habits, ask them if they hear silence during sleep. This sounds strange, but silence, followed by gnashing or snoring can indicate the actual end of breathing that is sleep apnea.
Are you aware that you wake up suddenly at night, for no apparent reason, or do you feel soaked when the room temperature is comfortable? These may include sleep apnea symptoms. You do not realize that you had stopped breathing; All you know is that you have suddenly been pulled out of what seems to be a deep sleep. This is your body as "astonishing" yourself into breathing again. The constant battle with yourself to hold your breath can usually cause you to sweat.
If you show sleep apnea symptoms, you need to see a sleep specialist. These doctors will probably send you to a sleep studio overnight, showing them what type of sleep apnea you have and allows them to start charting a treatment plan for you. Sleep apnea can act as nothing but a discomfort, but it can actually be fatal. It deprives you of oxygen, and of proper sleep, which can lead you to workplace or motorway accidents. Do not suppose there is nothing; seek proper medical help. A good night's sleep can be just a few doctors' visits away.
The most common solution is that patients should be prescribed a CPAP unit (continuous positive airway pressure). But these machines are difficult, expensive and immediately uncomfortable to use. Most sufferers look for alternative treatments at any time of lasting relief. Here are some solutions that can help:
Sleep on your side. Bed partners of sleep apnea sufferers already know to sleep on them back leads to the higher, more annoying snoring. Sleeping on one side helps to relieve the noise and better open airways of some people.
Use a sleep apnea pillow. Sleeping apnea pillows are designed to help adjust the neck and backbone to maximize airflow in the upper respiratory system. They are not the cheapest solution, but compared to using a CPAP, they may be worth the price.
Improve consistency and sleep amount. Going to bed at very varying times and cutting yourself in short hours of sleep gives rise to chaos on your body. Try to get yourself in a routine that works well for you on weekdays and weekends and the chance is that you will see some positive results.
Avoid drugs, alcohol and caffeine before bed. Any substance that acts as depression (ie alcohol, tranquilizers) or as stimulating, will only worsen your condition. If you must, make sure you take at least 4 hours before bedtime to give your body a chance to work through it.
Eliminate allergies in your bedroom. Allergies have a difficult habit of narrowing down our airways. As a result, their elimination or reduction is a necessity. A small investment in a allergen reducing device can help your sleep immensely.
Lose weight. This is the biggest thing you can do to live or completely eliminate your sleep apnea. As our body grows larger, the airways are one of the areas naturally affected, because fat accumulates around the neck, soft gum and tongue. Losing even a few pounds can make a big improvement in your condition. (not to mention an overall healthier lifestyle!)