Signs that you may have Sleep Apnea

man sleeping with CPAP machine

If you have sleeping problems there’s a chance you could have sleep apnea.  Sadly many people go year by year undiagnosed and don’t even know they have it.  It’s important to be able to recognize the signs of it in case you have it.  Then you can take the proper procedures for treating it such as with an oral appliance, CPAP, or even positional sleep therapy.

Being overweight or obese

People that are overweight are commonly known to have sleep apnea.  However, this is usually as much as anybody knows about the issue.  In reality you can be overweight without having sleep apnea.  Obesity is a sign for it though so if you have this and another symptom then you may want to get checked up on.

Snoring

Same as with every other symptom, snoring does not mean you have sleep apnea.  But again, it is a sign.  My Mom snores SUPER loudly, she (I hope) does not have sleep apnea.  This is probably one of the bigger symptoms, if you notice this then you may want to do a checklist because it is fairly likely you have sleep apnea.  The only sad part of this symptom is that it only happens while you’re sleeping so it’s harder to notice.  Most people only tend to notice snoring once they have a partner.

High Blood Pressure

I’m going to take the liberty of assuming you don’t know your blood pressure.  Ideally you would but, and let’s be honest, most people don’t happen to offhandedly know their blood pressure.  If you’re extremely worried or have a family history of blood pressure you should get it checked by a doctor.  But if you just need a quick check you can follow these steps by the cleveland clinic.  Your blood pressure goes up when you have sleep apnea because you’re not breathing.  When you don’t breath you body goes on DEFCON 1 thinking you’re going to die.  Because your body is smart it will tighten your muscles to increase the flow of oxygen traveling throughout your body.

 

Please, if you think you have sleep apnea don’t hesitate to call one of our offices or email us at info@premiersleepsolutions.com.