What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a common disorder in which an individual has one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while sleeping. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. Often, they occur 5 to30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.
Sleep Apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep. You often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep when your breathing pauses or becomes shallow. This results in poor sleep quality that makes you tired during the day. It is one of the leading causes of excessive daytime sleepiness.
It can be tough to identify Sleep Apnea on your own as the symptoms only occur when you’re asleep. So, you can overcome this difficulty by asking your bed partner to observe your sleep habits or recording yourself during sleep.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- Morning headaches
- Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
- Night-time awakenings
- Forgetfulness and difficulty to concentrate
Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- Loud and chronic snoring
- Long pauses in breathing
- Choking, snoring, or gasping during sleep
欲確定自己是否患上睡眠呼吸暫停是蠻艱難的，由於症狀只發生正當你睡著。 所以，你可以尋求你配偶或伴侶的協助，觀察你的睡眠習慣，或許錄製自己睡眠的過程 。