If you snore very loudly and constantly feel tired even after a full night of sleep, then you may suffer from a sleep disorder called sleep apnea. There are two types of sleep apnea—obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, then your throat muscles relax as you sleep. In central sleep apnea, your brain fails to send the signals to the muscles that regulate your breathing.
The symptoms of obstructive and central sleep apnea are similar, so it can be difficult to determine which form of sleep apnea you have without professional help. If you suffer from sleep apnea, then your breathing is constantly interrupted throughout the course of the night. If your body isn’t getting enough oxygen, then you will temporarily wake up many times throughout the night. As a result, you may find yourself incredibly tired throughout the course of the day.
If your partner has told you that you snore incredibly loud each night, this may be a sign that you suffer from sleep apnea. Loud snoring is more commonly associated with obstructive sleep apnea, the type of sleep apnea where your throat muscles relax. You may also wake up with a very dry mouth or a sore throat in the morning.
Shortness of breath
Not everyone who suffers from sleep apnea notices that he or she wakes up throughout the night. But if you do find yourself waking up abruptly with shortness of breath, this is a likely symptom of central sleep apnea. Your significant other may also have noticed that you suffer from episodes of breathing cessation at night. If you or your partner notice breathing pauses during your sleep or shortness of breath, then you should seek professional help.
Sleep Services Of Maryland has more than 20 years of experience helping Maryland residents return to a full, restful night of sleep. If you’ve noticed that you suffer from some of the symptoms of sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with our experienced team. You can reach our office by dialing (240) 912-4683.