About sleep apnea
Aug, 09 2023
Use our checklist to determine whether you should be tested for the condition
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious condition that occurs when your breathing involuntarily stops and starts while you sleep.1,2
There are several types of sleep apnea. The most common is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This condition happens when your upper airway is blocked by soft tissue that collapses when the muscles in your throat relax during sleep.1,2
So, what are the sleep apnea warning signs? If you have sleep apnea, you may wake up feeling tired even after a full night’s sleep. You can feel so fatigued throughout the day that you may have difficulty concentrating or even fall asleep unintentionally. This can put you at risk of accidents when driving or using machinery.1,3
Other symptoms of sleep apnea include:1,4,5
1 Adult Obstructive Sleep Apnea Task Force of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Clinical guideline for the evaluation, management and long-term care of obstructive sleep apnea in adults. Journal of clinical sleep medicine. 2009 Jun 15;5(3):263-76.
2 Kapur VK, Auckley DH, Chowdhuri S, Kuhlmann DC, Mehra R, Ramar K. Clinical practice guideline OSA American Academy of Sleep Medicine clinical practice guideline. J Clin Sleep Med. 2017 Mar;13(3):479-504.
3 Ciftci TU, Kokturk O, Ozkan S. Apnea-hypopnea indexes calculated using different hypopnea definitions and their relation to major symptoms. Sleep and Breathing. 2004 Aug;8(03):141-6.
4 Hiestand DM, Britz P, Goldman M, Phillips B. Prevalence of symptoms and risk of sleep apnea in the US population. Chest. 2006 Sep 1;130(3):780-6.
5 Netzer NC, Hoegel JJ, Loube D, Netzer CM, Hay B, Alvarez-Sala R, Strohl KP, Sleep in Primary Care International Study Group. Prevalence of symptoms and risk of sleep apnea in primary care. Chest. 2003 Oct 1;124(4):1406-14.
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