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Do you snore at night? Do you often feel sleepy or fatigued during the day? These could be symptoms of a sleep disorder.
A sleep disorder is a disorder of your sleep patterns, ranging from insomnia (difficulty sleeping) to hypersomnia (sleeping excessively). These medical conditions can be caused by a variety of issues and can affect your physical, mental, and emotional functioning.
One sleep disorder commonly linked to snoring is sleep apnea, a disorder defined by abnormal pauses in breathing. The most common form of sleep apnea is Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Caused by the obstruction of the upper airway, this results in recurring pauses in your breathing while you sleep.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, excessive daytime fatigue, gasping or choking while you sleep, morning headaches, frequent night-time urination, depression, and irritability.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk of a number of issues, including high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, irregular heart rhythms, driving accidents, and work-related accidents.
While snoring might not mean anything, it’s important to look into it as it could be a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.