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How to detect the signs of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea, regardless of either form, can be a harbinger of other health problems. It is therefore important to be able to detect the symptoms in order to avoid a worsening of the general condition of those who suffer from this respiratory problem.

Indeed, sleep apnea can cause cardiovascular complications and be the source of a stroke. The repeated absence of a regular supply of oxygen to the body and more particularly to the brain can serve as the basis for the appearance of this type of pathology, the consequences of which can be serious, and even fatal in certain circumstances.

It is therefore imperative not to take lightly these micro-pauses in breathing which can sometimes not be detected at first glance.

In order to avoid a deterioration of the state of health, it is necessary to be able to decipher the signs of sleep apnea and to detect the symptoms.

Signs at night

A whole range of signs during the night can indicate the presence of sleep apnea.

The first, audible to those close to those suffering from apnea, is snoring. This phenomenon occurs when the airways are obstructed during sleep. When the air then tries to pass, the walls of the throat, at the level of the soft palate and the tongue, begin to vibrate. The sagging of muscle tissue in this area of the pharynx leads to difficulty in breathing which results in snoringand in obstructive sleep apnea.

In order to ensure that there is a correlation between snoring and apnea, those close to the snorer must be able to hear interruptions in the followed breath sudden return of breath, as after choking.

So this restless sleep is therefore another sign indicating possible sleep apnea. So if when you wake up you find that the sheets are very disturbed, this can be an additional clue.

Signs when waking up and during the day

One of the elements indicating the existence of sleep apnea is extreme daytime fatigue. With this asthenia, episodes of drowsiness may appear, whether at work, during journeys, while driving a vehicle.

Equally annoying, even disabling, headaches occur almost daily, depriving the person with sleep apnea of a normal life.

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Irritability and particular sensitivity manifest themselves due to this permanent fatigue and headaches.

Lifestyle and medical history

You should also watch out for certain points that can increase the risk of sleep apnea. When one is overweight, the probability of snoring increases which can induce the presence of sleep apnea.

While being overweight is an important factor, others may increase the risk of airway obstruction. Thus the consumption of alcohol or cigarettes, as well as the taking of sleeping pills are all points to be monitored.

Sleep apnea can also be linked to certain medical history, especially in cases of central sleep apnea. It should be noted that the existence of problems related to lesions of the central nervous system, heart failure, brain tumor, and all neurological diseases can be the origin of this type of apnea.

Confirming signs of sleep apnea

In the presence of these factors it is therefore necessary to carry out a more in-depth diagnosis, by carrying out a nocturnal test which will make it possible to confirm the existence of sleep apnea.

The earlier sleep apnea is detected, the better the management will be in order to reduce the consequences on the patient's health.

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