Snoring can be many things - annoying, funny, or embarrassing. However, you may not think of it as a symptom of something serious. 

It usually isn't, but sometimes, it could be indicative of a condition such as obstructive sleep apnea, which should not be left untreated. 

Let’s find out more about obstructive sleep apnea.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleeping disorder that causes you to stop and start breathing repeatedly while you sleep.

In OSA, the normal flow of air from the mouth and nose into the lungs stops repeatedly through the night. 

If left untreated, OSA can result in serious health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. 

What Causes Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

OSA occurs when the muscles at the back of your throat relax too much to allow normal breathing. Your airway narrows or closes as you breathe in, and disrupts your breathing for around 10 seconds or longer. 

This period of impaired breathing is noted by your brain, which forces you awake so that you can reopen your airway. This may happen several times during the night, disrupting your sleep. 

What Are The Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you are probably suffering from OSA.

  • Loud snoring

  • Multiple arousals in between sleep

  • Choking spells

  • Dryness in the throat at night and after getting up in the morning

  • A morning headache

  • Feeling too hot/cold at night

  • Bad quality of sleep

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness (drowsiness)

  • Dullness and lack of energy throughout the day

  • Poor concentration and memory

  • Mood changes and depression

  • High blood pressure

  • Loss of interest in sex

  • Swelling in the legs

  • Nighttime urination

OSA is treatable with lifestyle changes, therapies, and medical procedures. 

If you have been experiencing troubles with your sleep for quite some time or noticing symptoms such as daytime drowsiness, do not ignore your symptoms and consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis. 

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