Do you sometimes feel like you're tired all the time, even after a full-night's sleep? Or does your significant other say that you snore too much? You might be having sleep apnea, or the obstruction of the airways during sleep that decreases oxygen to the lungs which will cause patients stop breathing while they sleep, forcing them to wake up many times throughout the night. This happens because the brain senses that you are not breathing and forces you to wake up, just enough to start breathing again. Then they fall back asleep and the cycle begins again, and this can happen up to 100 times per hour. In severe cases, this can happen more than 120 times an hour, even though they may not remember when waking up. Sleep apnea is a potentially fatal condition that is treatable and it affects about 1 in 3 men and 1 in 6 women.
Symptoms of sleep apnea can include:
- Constant tiredness
- Poor concentration
- Lack of energy
Short-term complications of sleep apnea are:
- Sleep deprivation
- Low energy
- Low attention span or cannot focus
- Negatively affects mood and relationships with others
- Risk of short-term memory loss
- Short-term cognitive impairment
Long-term complications of sleep apnea if untreated are associated with the conditions below:
- Heart failure
- Pre-disposed risk to early dementia and Alzheimer's
Roughly 80% of people with sleep apnea don't know that they have it.