Although sleep apnea is a very common sleeping disorder, it can be hard to diagnose weather you have it or not. First of all you usually need someone else to monitor your sleeping and secondly you still have to figure out if you have obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea.
Think you might have a sleeping disorder called sleep apnea?
Characteristics to look for when diagnosing sleep apnea can include:
- Loud snoring
- Choking sounds
- Unable to achieve deep sleep
- Feeling restless after a good nights sleep
- Always tired
Both types of sleep apnea are similar however one is far more complicated then the other. I have written a more in-depth article about sleep apnea before but here’s a quick refresher if you are unaware of the sleeping disorder which is causing more people problems each and every day.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
This type of sleep apnea can occur from a blockage in your airway. A lot of people who are overweight or have food allergies can develop obstructive sleep apnea. The best way to deal with obstructive is considering losing weight, changing your sleeping position, getting a sleep apnea mask, and even changing your diet to encourage healthy sleeping.
Central Sleep Apnea
Central sleep apnea is a little bit more serious then obstructive sleep apnea because it is the message between your brain and your muscles that is being interrupted. The best way to treat central is to go to a sleep clinic and get a doctor to help you out personally. They might need to give you medication or get you hooked up with a sleep mask.
Wearing a sleeping mask might seem silly but if you are sleep deprived then its definitely worth it.
Don’t forget to practice good sleeping hygiene and try to learn as much about sleep as you can. The more you learn the better you can go about fixing sleep apnea. If you are suffering from sleep apnea or know someone who has please share your experience in the comments section to help others readers!
For more information regarding sleep apnea consult the American Sleep Apnea Association.