Here Are Some Surprising Signs of Sleep Apnea


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Sleep Apnea is a condition of breathing repeatedly during sleep, various symptoms of this disorder is already widely known, but there are some surprising signs of sleep apnea.

Apnea is defined as a stop or almost a stop of breathing which makes the air flow decreases to 25 percent below normal.

The duration of the breathing stops or decreases is usually between 10 to 30 seconds.

If sleep apnea occurs repeatedly, it will reduce the quality of one’s sleep.

Usually people who suffer from sleep apnea is a person who are overweight, snores loudly and repeatedly wake up gasping for air.

However, there may be other symptoms that indicate the presence of the disorder.

Here are some surprising signs of sleep apnea, as reported by verywell:

1. Depression

Depression in particular has a strong association with sleep apnea. This may relate to feelings of sadness and even a cry.

In addition to depression, anxiety and panic attacks at night, and irritability can also cause sleep apnea.

2. Thinking Problems 

Sleep apnea can have a profound effect on your ability to think clearly during the day.

One of the primary functions of sleep is to clear the debris in the path of the brain, including the adenosine neurotransmitter.

When this maintenance work is interrupted, your sleep will not be refreshing.

It can make a person with sleep apnea feel like their thoughts are vague, almost like a “brain fog”.

As a result, they will have concentration problems.

3. Impotence

Difficulty in achieving or maintaining an erection may be a sign of sleep apnea in men.

Impotence can happen due to impaired blood flow to the penis.

There are several instances where sleep apnea is known to have cardiovascular consequences.

This may contribute to high blood pressure, heart failure and even hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol).

It is believed that sleep apnea causes systemic inflammation.

4. High blood pressure that is not controlled

Sleep apnea contributes to the risk for developing high blood pressure.

This condition is also called hypertension which can lead to adverse consequences such as heart attack and stroke.

Recurrent episodes of interrupted breathing during sleep cause a spike in heart rate and increase in blood pressure. The resulting inflammation also affects the entire body.

Well, those are some surprising signs of sleep apnea they you may not already know, if you experience one or two of the symptoms above it is best to consult with your doctor.