As the dangers of sleep apnea are dominating the sleep health spotlight, you still may not know exactly what to look for. Snoring is a common habit for many people and doing so on a regular basis is definitely a possible red flag. However, it’s the pauses in breathing that are the major concern for the people have this sleep disorder, as they can go without oxygen for up to 10 seconds at a time, sometimes hundreds of times each night.
Medical models may not help paint a clear picture of what a person living with sleep apnea looks like, so Philips Respironics shared this YouTube video to help you identify and relay the seriousness of the sleep disorder to others. Other ways to assess yourself for sleep apnea include looking out for morning headaches, waking up with a dry or sore mouth, daytime sleepiness, personality change such as irritability, and already having a medical condition such as diabetes.
Remember that sleep apnea has already been shown to have a hand in the development of obesity, depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, as well as premature death. Seeing a licensed physician or sleep specialist to get treated has been proven to rapidly decrease health risks and some conditions, provide more energy and allow people to improve their overall well-being. Take the first step in becoming a better you and get tested today!