One of the most common sleep disorders is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It is difficult to identify OSA on your own, since many of the symptoms only occur when you’re asleep and the symptoms can be found in other health problems. Do you know what the signs are? Are you aware of the dangers? Do you know what to do if you suspect you have sleep apnea? Take our quiz to find out and read on to learn more.
The Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep
One of the most important things you can do to boost your health is to get a good night’s sleep. During sleep, your body and brain work behind the scenes to repair and rejuvenate cells and memory processes. When you get good rest, your ability to learn improves, your memory functions better, your general mood and outlook is better, and you have better health overall. Restful sleep also improves coordination, reaction times, and decision-making. OSA robs you of the restful sleep you need to accomplish all this.
Know the Signs of Sleep Apnea
Signs that you may be suffering from OSA include excessive daytime sleepiness, abrupt awakenings followed by gasping or choking, morning dry mouth or sore throat, morning headaches, difficulty concentrating, mood swings, high blood pressure, and nighttime sweating.
While snoring is a common sign, not all those who snore have sleep apnea. However, if your snoring is loud enough to wake others or is loudest when you are on your back and subsides when you turn on your side, then OSA is a possibility.
Risk Factors Associated With OSA
There are some factors that can increase the risk that you develop or have OSA. If you are obese, have a family history of snoring or OSA, have a large neck, have hypothyroidism, or are a post-menopausal woman, you have a higher risk. The risk is also higher for men than women.
How OSA Harms Your Health
As was mentioned earlier, OSA interferes with the functions of the body and brain. It can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes — and recent studies have shown a link to a higher risk of cancer for OSA sufferers. There other dangers, as well. For example, if you have sleep apnea, you are five times more likely to have a traffic accident than those who have normal sleep.
Time to Take Action
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of sleep apnea, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to take our short sleep apnea quiz. The quiz takes very little time but will help us determine if you should be screened for the disorder.