If you are someone who is constantly tired, you may blame your diet, busy schedule, or some related illness, but it might actually be coming from something which you actually don't know. If you're sleeping normal hours every night but not feeling rested, you might be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed. If you recognize any of the listed signs given below then it is best to see your physician who can properly diagnose it and treat you accordingly. Here are 5 signs you might have sleep apnea and not even realize it.
1. You Have Urges To Pee At Night Sleep apnea can cause an urgent need to urinate at night, and it can sometimes even lead to accidents in the night. "To open the airway to begin breathing, patients suffering from sleep apnea will use a great deal of abdominal muscle and diaphragm effort. This effort causes excess of pressure on the abdomen and bladder. If the patient wakes up, they will sense the pressure as the need to urinate. In some cases, the patient can urinate without the ability to stop the flow while still in bed."
2. You suffer a Headache When You Wake Up Due to the low levels of oxygen that occur during sleep apnea, patients usually suffer from headaches when they get up in the morning. Also, the amount of muscle effort used to open the airway can put strain on the neck, muscles causing headaches.
3. You Always Feel Sleepy and Tired You might find that you have a difficult time staying awake during the day and fall asleep at inappropriate hours. Daytime sleepiness is one of the most common complaints of people eventually diagnosed with sleep apnea. Restless nights cause fatigue and sleepiness all day, and if you consistently feel this way coffee will also not work in this case.
4. You Can't Concentrate and Feel Depressed all Time If you are suffering from poor concentration and memory during the day. Then, this all may be due to untreated sleep apnea leads to, poor-quality sleep, due to the multiple awakenings at night. Research has proved that chronic oxygen loss due to the sleep apnea changes the architecture of the brain, leading to structural changes in the brain impacting memory and mood. Lack of sleep also lead to depression and anxiety and can impact your whole day.
5. You Experience To Gain or lose Weight Sleep apnea interferes with the metabolism of the body and due to that you may lose or gain weight. It has been associated with impairing your body's ability to process glucose in the body, which also puts you at greater risk for type 2 diabetes. Loud snoring is not the only symptom of sleep apnea. If you notice any of these symptoms then you should talk to your family physician today.