Did you know that March is Sleep Apnea Awareness month? An estimated 30 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, but many don’t realize they have it. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a disorder in which a person stops breathing during the night and is usually caused by abnormalities in or around the airway or problems with the soft palate. Obesity can also cause airway obstructions, and men are more prone to have the disease. We’ve complied some symptoms of sleep apnea to check for in yourself and loved ones.
- Morning headaches
- Awakening with a sore throat
- Restless sleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Shortness of breath that causes awakening
- Pauses of breathing during sleep
- Loud snoring
If you suffer from these, especially any of the last four, seeing a doctor about sleep apnea could help. There are treatments available, such as using a CPAP machine or undergoing surgery.