If you are feeling fatigued or low on energy during the day, the cause might be sleep apnea. But unless you say the magic words “I am sleepy in the daytime”, it is a diagnosis that your doctor may miss.
Sleep Apnea is a condition in which breathing is interrupted during sleep, most often because the throat is blocked for a few seconds by the tongue or other tissues located in the back of the throat. You may experience excessive sleepiness during the day, morning headaches, and you might also notice you’re irritable. Those suffering from sleep apnea may also wake up with a sore throat and dry mouth.
Getting a diagnosis- and treatment (most often a nasal mask that provides pressurized air to keep the throat open during sleep) – is important to promote healthy sleep habits.
Sleep apnea is associated with increased risk of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythm, heart failure, fatigue, irritability, depression, diabetes, memory loss, decreased sexual desire, frequent urination at night and increased risk of motor vehicle accidents.
The results are extensive, such as improved daytime alertness, mood, and focus throughout the day. Reduction of long-term risk for these conditions can be achieved through adequate diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea.