What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea?

What are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnoea?

The symptoms and risk signals of obstructive sleep apnoea include loud snoring, being overweight, daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, high blood pressure, depression and irritability. Other indicators of obstructive sleep apnoea include needing to get up and urinate in the night, memory loss, mood changes and lack of interest in sex.

The snoring will be accompanied by regular pauses in breathing whilst the sufferer is asleep. The individual will stop breathing and the snoring will stop, this may last for 10-20 seconds and possibly longer. After a short while the bodies emergency system will get them breathing again. This is normally accompanied by loud gasp or choking sound. This can happen many times each hour and lead to daytime drowsiness and can severely damage health. Sleep apnoea is classified as either mild, moderate or severe. This is set by the number of pauses in breathing per hour (AHI).

The sufferer normally is ignorant of the pauses in breathing. The partner however may notice the snoring noise stop, followed by a pause in breathing, and then a gasp or choking sound when breathing resumes. Sleep apnoea raises blood pressure, increases the heart rate, and robs the body of oxygen. The apnoeas lead to sleep deprivation for the sufferer. People can die of asphyxiation because of sleep apnoea, unfortunately most sufferers take many years before being diagnosed and treated.

Obstructive sleep apnoea is a treatable sleep related breathing disorder that affects many people and is largely undiagnosed.