Is obstructive sleep apnea dangerous for my health?
Respiratory pauses during sleep lead to numerous micro-arousals throughout the night, thus fragmenting sleep. The constant decrease in blood oxygen leads to chronic hypoxia, which may trigger arterial hypertension, heart disease and uncontrolled diabetes.
What are the main symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea?
The most common symptom is daytime fatigue or sleepiness.
However, there are many more symptoms such as irritability, morning headaches, trouble concentrating, night sweats, decreased libido, excessive sweating during sleep, dry mouth or sore throat etc.
Often, afflicted individuals will feel the need to take naps during the day. However these naps usually have little effect, as they, too, are fragmented due to repetitive respiratory pauses.