Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that obstructs breathing while you are sleeping. For that reason, it is a problem that can be severe and therefore require medical consultation to prevent cardiac complications.
There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea, which is the most common and occurs due to the relaxation of the throat muscles, and central sleep apnea, which occurs when the brain does not send signals to the muscles that control breathing. Some people may even suffer both boards.
How do I know if I have this disorder?
The symptoms of sleep apnea include sleepiness, i.e., chronic fatigue and sleepiness during the day, loud snoring interrupted by periods of silence (especially those who suffer from obstructive apnea); waking abruptly from lack of air or cessation of breathing during sleep, waking with a dry mouth or sore throat, headaches and difficulty sleeping.
Sometimes, we are not aware that snoring can be a sign of a disorder potentially serious. But, not all apnea sufferers manifested by snoring. Note that the risk factors are increased if a person is over 60, overweight, hypertension, smoking or consuming alcohol, which makes little exercise and if you have someone in the family who has had sleep apnea. We also clarify that this disorder is more common in men than in women.
Now, if you discovered that your partner snores or your snores are too loud that disturb the quality of your rest, go talk to your trusted physician.