If your loved ones are constantly complaining about being kept up by your snoring or you wake up from a full night’s sleep feeling exhausted, there may be something more serious happening while you sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea can affect your breathing while you sleep and can cause severe issues to develop. Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, can help you identify your obstructive sleep apnea and help make any lifestyle changes you need to make to help cut your snoring down!
Signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea is when the throat becomes so narrow while you sleep that breathing becomes difficult and the brain increases the effort to breathe. This starts a cycle of waking up, falling asleep, struggling to breathe, and waking up again. This process can cause you to feel exhausted in the morning and make it hard to focus on your daily life.
You may not realize you’re struggling with sleep apnea because most symptoms happen while you’re asleep, but there are symptoms to look out for while you’re awake. Some of these symptoms include:
- The need to fall asleep at inappropriate times, such as when driving or while working.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Becoming forgetful, irritable, anxious, or depressed.
- Waking up with a headache or with nausea.
- Frequent trips to the bathroom during the night.
- Loss of libido.
Other symptoms that you can have an outside party look out for are:
- Excessively loud snoring.
- Long pauses in breathing while you’re asleep.
- Short periods of being awake during the night.
Contact Your Doctor Today!
If you find yourself feeling exhausted despite having a full night’s sleep, you should call your sleep doctor as soon as possible to determine whether or not obstructive sleep apnea is affecting you. Contact Dr. Jeremy McConnell at Florida Sleep Specialists in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, at (941) 792-8383 today!