ADULT SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Sleep physicians tell us Adults need 7-9 hours of good sleep each night to live a healthy life. Teenagers need 8-10 hours of sleep each night and adolescents 9-11 hours. We can see the importance of sleep in newborns (who sleep up to 17 hours/day). Our mothers taught us “rest” is the best medicine. There is no arguing that sleep is important to living a healthy lifestyle. Sleeping longer hours on the weekend to make up for lost sleep during the week, or needing an afternoon nap means you do not have a healthy sleep cycle.
Waking up with a headache is one of the worst ways to start your day. Morning headaches that go away within an hour are a key sign of a sleep disordered breathing issue. If you are not sleeping properly during the night, your oxygen percentages to your brain drop resulting in a morning headache. When you wake up and start moving around, your oxygen levels replenish and allow the headache to dissipate.
If you or your bedtime partner are unable to get a good night’s sleep because of loud snoring, you are at high risk for sleep apnea or could be suffering from second-hand snoring. Most people who snore say they do not snore that badly. Their partner often tells a different story! The smartphone app “Snore Lab” is a great way for you to hear for yourself how loudly you are snoring. To find out if it is something worse than simply snoring, a sleep study is necessary.
Waking More Than Once To Use The Bathroom
The healthy sleeper will only wake up once during the night to use the bathroom. If you are waking up more often, this is a sign of sleep apnea.
Forgetfulness is often assumed to be part of the process of getting older, but it can be related to what’s happening while you sleep. If you are foggy or forgetful in the morning, you could have sleep apnea.
If you need a pill to fall asleep or need coffee in the morning to wake up, this indicates you are not sleeping well. A sleeping pill does not induce natural sleep. Sleeping pills sedate you. Treating your sleep apnea can result in a more restful sleep and reduce the need for pills.