Recognizing the symptoms of sleep apnea that you may be experiencing, could save your life.
My intention for compiling an easy to review (albeit, a rather extensive) list of sleep apnea signs and sleep apnea side effects is not meant to diagnose this sleep disorder nor overwhelm you.
But rather, it's to enable you to become more aware of this grossly under diagnosed and life-limiting sleep disorder.
Today's research now connects sleep apnea with many of the major diseases. Too often, sleep apnea symptoms have been misdiagnosed or missed, due to masquerading as other illnesses.
However, before identifying your symptoms, you need to answer this:
Do you suffer from a major illness and/or are you currently being treated for it, without ever discussing the quality of your sleep with your doctor?
Here's how simple it is to get started:
By recognizing the symptoms and signs of sleep apnea and the possible connection with other illnesses, you'll be helping your doctor determine whether or not these signs indicate sleep apnea and if a sleep study is require. Get started here.
The gold standard for evaluating sleep apnea is an overnight sleep study (polysonogram or polysomnography) by a registered sleep technologist (RST), at a sleep lab. Also home tests, using special equipment, are becoming more widely used, due to affordability and greater convenience than an overnight stay at a sleep lab.
But before a sleep study can be arranged, you need to make your doctor aware of any sleep apnea symptoms you're experiencing.
Even if you recognize some "slight" symptoms of sleep apnea, realize that sleep apnea side effects left untreated can cause more serious health issues, now and in the near future.
You owe it to yourself, family and friends to contact your health care professional immediately. You can do this by:
Meanwhile, while you're waiting for your appointment day to arrive, check out these proven sleep apnea solutions or find out about the American Academy of Sleep Medicine accreditation process for sleep professionals and sleep centers.
Congratulations! You are now on your way to feeling more vital than you have in years and avoiding many energy robbing and life-threatening consequences from the side effects of sleep apnea (OSA).
Reminder: The Symptoms of Sleep Apnea Questionnaire is here