Sleep apnea involves repeated pauses in breathing for any reason during sleep. Unless you are aware of the symptoms – or actually wake yourself up in the middle of the night – you may never know you have a lower level of oxygen intake. Most people who suffer from sleep apnea remain undiagnosed and untreated.
Ask your spouse, parent, or friend if they have witnessed strange habits you may have with your hands, face, or mouth. Habits like holding your breath or breathing too fast or too slow. Many sleep disorder sufferers are not aware of habits they have.
When you stop breathing sometimes it is for almost a minute or more. The blood oxygen levels fall and CO2 level in the bloodstream increases, causing an imbalance.
Sleep Apnea can be associated with:
- Weight Gain
- Excessive Snoring
- High Blood Pressure
- Gasping awake
- Restless sleep
If Sleep Apnea is not addressed you have a possible increased risk for:
- Heart attack
- Decreased activity in life
- Problems with balance
- Fatigue related accidents
- Reduced strength