Sleep apnea usually affects the way an individual breathes when sleeping. This is a common yet has the potential to become a serious disorder. Some people at times do not recognize it and would end up untreated.
If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, you should be familiar with its symptoms first for you to know if it’s time to talk to your doctor and to take things seriously. Some symptoms usually show when you’re asleep, you will have to ask your bed partner to observe your sleeping habits by recording it when you’re asleep.
- Pauses occur while snoring and choking or grasping will then follow the pauses.
- Fighting the sleepiness during daytime while driving or at work.
- When you’re not active, you may catch yourself falling asleep rapidly.
- Headaches during the morning.
- You are more irritable, feeling depressed or changes in personality or mood swings.
- Sore throat or dry mouth once you wake up.
Once you have proof of the symptoms mentioned earlier, you will want to talk to your doctor right away about having the sleep apnea test to confirm the condition. If it’s confirmed, you will be given recommendations and options that you can choose from. There are different non-surgical and surgical methods that can treat sleep apnea. You should be aware that surgical treatments are not supported with evidences that can prove its effectiveness as some would even worsen and complicate the condition. Below is a list of the few methods:
- Oral appliances
- Expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP)
- Adjustable airway pressure
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
- Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)
- Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP)
Ask your doctor about the different methods mentioned above. If your condition is not complicated, the treatment can be done in a less invasive way in a sleep center or even just in your own home.