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Sleep Apnea Symptoms You May Not Know About
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Most people know that feeling tired or snoring loudly can be symptoms of sleep apnea, but there are several other symptoms that you might not be aware of. Here are some of these symptoms that you might have now. They can all be an indication that you might have sleep apnea.

Morning Headaches

Before my sleep apnea diagnosis, I woke up frequently in the morning with severe headaches. These headaches were bad enough that I needed to take two strong pain pills and lie back down for several hours before I felt better again.

At the time, I didn’t realize these headaches were because I had sleep apnea and wasn’t getting the rest at night that I needed. If you have morning headaches, you should get checked for sleep apnea.

Mental Fog

I used to get mental fog. I didn’t quite feel myself, and I would struggle during the day to complete tasks. I’m a writer, and I would often stare at the page and not be able to think about what I needed to write.

My mind wasn’t as clear or as sharp as it could be because I had undiagnosed sleep apnea. My lack of sleep was making it difficult for me to think clearly. With my CPAP machine, I no longer have that mental fog.

Extreme Fatigue

Along with feeling like I needed a nap, I used to have extreme fatigue. This made it hard to do much of anything, as my body would ache and I couldn’t get motivated to do any work at all.

Feeling like you’re always worn out is an indication of undiagnosed sleep apnea. I no longer have this sort of fatigue, and I’m able to get through the day without needing any breaks to refuel. I don’t drink the coffee in the afternoon that I once needed to make it through the rest of the day.

Mood Swings

When you don’t get quality sleep, your mood can shift almost on a dime. You may start to feel depressed or angry. Your emotions can be all over the place. Lack of sleep can play a huge role in how you think as well as feel.

In the morning, I would often be in a bad mood. This was because I didn’t get the sleep I needed each night because of my sleep apnea. Now, I wake up feeling great and often get up earlier than I ever did before, feeling refreshed and ready to go.

See a Doctor

Of course, any of these symptoms could be something else. If you’re older, it might be your hormones or a multitude of other factors. This is why you need to see a doctor. They can determine if you have sleep apnea and if you need therapy.

A sleep study isn’t a difficult procedure, and most of the time, it can even be done at home. It’s well worth it to get checked for sleep apnea, as your life will improve by a wide margin with proper therapy.

Sleep apnea has a wide range of symptoms. As always, see your doctor to determine if you have sleep apnea. The symptoms listed here could mean you have the condition, so it’s a good idea to get checked if you get any of them frequently.




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Brian Lamacraft

Brian Lamacraft

Diagnosed since 2017

Brian Lamacraft has lived with sleep apnea for over 4 years. He is a full-time writer and guitar player. He spends his spare time writing music, going to the Royal Canadian Legion, and having fun camping trips with close friends. He lives in Powell River, Canada, with his lovely wife. Reach him at his website Lamacraft Writing Services or LinkedIn.

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