This symptom list doesn’t imply that everyone with sleep apnea will have all these symptoms. Commonly, people only have a few of the symptoms. If you notice that you have several of these symptoms, you should talk to your doctor, especially if there are other signs of sleep apnea.
Signs Your Partner May Notice
While you’re sleeping, there are other clues that you might have sleep apnea. These may be noticed by your partner if you do not sleep alone. Some of the more common signs include:
- Loud snoring
- Restless sleep
- Gasping or choking noise
- Cessation of breathing
Snoring in particular can be disturbing to your partner. It is a common cause of fights among married or live-in couples, one that often spirals out of control because both partners are short on sleep and therefore short on temper.
Conditions Your Doctor May Diagnose
One of the hallmarks of sleep apnea is the sheer number of medical conditions that it is related to. If your doctor diagnoses you with one or more of these conditions, it may be related to sleep apnea:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart failure
- Fatty liver disease
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Depression and other mood disorders
- Sexual dysfunction
Because it can cause sexual dysfunction, a lack of energy, and decreases exercise capacity, sleep apnea is often misdiagnosed as low testosterone in men.
A Positive Diagnosis
There’s only one way to know for certain whether you have sleep apnea, and that’s with a sleep test. You may be able to take the sleep test at home or you may have to go to a sleep center to take the test.
Once you have been diagnosed, we can help you find a comfortable, convenient sleep apnea treatment.
To learn more about sleep apnea in Tulsa, please call (918) 528-3330 for an appointment today.