Symptom checklist for sleep related breathing disorders:
Sleep related breathing disorders (sleep apnea) include snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and upper airway resistance syndrome. Patients with these conditions may experience a lack of oxygen and fragmented sleep, causing a stress response in the body that results in high blood pressure. Treating sleep apnea can improve blood pressure control. Untreated sleep apnea has also been associted with cognitive deficits, diabetes, heart failure, stroke, abnormal heart rhythms, fatty liver disease, and increased mortality.
Consider asking your doctor about screening for sleep related breathing disorders if you notice any of the following:
- You or your partner have noticed you snoring
- You or your partner witness stop breathing at night or waking up gasping for air
- Morning headaches
- Sensation of feeling unrested after a full night of sleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
To help you determine if you have abnormal daytime sleepiness, take the quiz.