Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

So what are some of the symptoms that might prompt a sleep test?  While sleep apnea occurs while you’re sleeping, there are still plenty of warning signs.  Here are some of the symptoms you might recognize:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Falling asleep when you’re inactive
  • Falling asleep during mundane activity (work, driving, watching TV, etc.)
  • Waking unrested despite long sleep
  • Morning headache
  • Dry mouth in the morning
  • Feeling moody, irritable, or depressed
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Waking up to urinate often at night
  • Waking up gasping for breath
  • Nightmares
  • Weight gain or inability to lose weight despite diet changes and exercise

You don’t need to have all these symptoms, but if you can identify three or more that you experience, it’s a good idea to consider whether you might have sleep apnea.

If you have a partner who sleeps with you, they may notice (and complain about):

  • Loud snoring
  • Gasping or choking sound at night
  • Pauses in your breathing
  • Restless or noisy sleep

You might also have been diagnosed with conditions linked to sleep apnea, such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Migraines
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Depression

Other times, you might be misdiagnosed with conditions that can show similar symptoms to sleep apnea, including:

  • Low testosterone
  • Thyroid problems
  • Depression
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Insomnia

All of these diagnoses might be related to sleep apnea, and sometimes the problems will resolve when your apnea is treated.

Sleep Apnea Diagnosis in Omaha

If you or someone you know experiences any of the symptoms of sleep apnea listed above, a sleep test is necessary. We work with a Board Certified Sleep Physician to receive a sleep apnea diagnosis. Best of all, you will take your sleep test in the comfort of your bed and not have to visit a sleep lab. After receiving your diagnosis, we will help you explore the different sleep apnea treatment options we have available to determine the best one for your needs.

To start the sleep apnea diagnosis process, please contact our office to book an appointment by calling (402) 493-4175 today.