As we reported earlier this week, sleep apnea can cause breathing to stop and start at night. It’s a potentially serious, heart-damaging condition that is also closely linked with obesity and diabetes, as well as PCOS.
The signs of obstructive and central sleep apneas overlap, sometimes making the type of sleep apnea more difficult to determine. The most common symptoms include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
- Loud snoring, which is usually more prominent in obstructive sleep apnea
- Observed episodes of breathing cessation during sleep
- Abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath, which more likely indicates central sleep apnea
- Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
- Morning headache
- Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)
If you think you might have sleep apnea, see your doctor right away to avoid heart problems.