Halloween night will see a gaggle of spooky ghosts, goblins, and a variety of other monsters invading neighborhoods across the country. As the night wears on, though, more than 18 million Americans will be facing an even more frightening experience: Sleep apnea is not only dangerous to your health but the symptoms can be scary for both sufferers and other people in the household.
Many patients with sleep apnea snore loudly all night long. They might wake up with a sore throat and feel tired, and also find roommates and family members who couldn’t sleep because of the noise.
However, snoring is only one symptom sleep apnea patients suffer at night. Others include:
- Not breathing for 10-30 seconds during sleep – these episodes can happen hundreds of times a night
- Starting awake to choke or gasp for air
The symptoms of sleep apnea can linger into the next morning, too. Many patients report daytime fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and chronic headaches, to name a few common issues.
Over time, sleep apnea can lead to serious complications affecting the heart and other parts of the body. Adverse mental and emotional effects are also common.
If you’re suffering from snoring or other symptoms, seek treatment for sleep apnea immediately. Please contact a qualified sleep physician in your community or call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) today.