A man snoring loudly

While the number of people who have sleep apnea is only 5-10% in Northern America, it’s important to note that most of these cases go undocumented. But with the associated health risks that are coming to light, new research may reveal that this disease is actually more common than we think.

In case you didn’t know, sleep apnea is a condition that makes your upper airway passages malfunction during sleep. Your body would need to wake you up so your brain can tell you how to breathe better and open those passageways up, during an attack. A lack of oxygen has been a cause of many serious events during sleep, and some of these issues have led to fatalities.

As you may notice, not being able to breathe during sleep can lead to serious problems. Here are some of the symptoms you have to watch out for, according to theTMJ doctors and experts at TMJ & Sleep Therapy Center:

Intense Snoring

While this is an event that only someone else can tell you about, it’s still important to know. When your snoring is loud and continuous, you may have to get a check-up to determine its cause.

Choking and Gasping

Aside from the snoring, you could possibly be choking or gasping in your sleep, as if you’re drowning. These may also be surprising and shocking sounds that could wake other people up.

Frequent Waking If you find that you can’t seem to get enough sleep since you keep waking up, then you might be in trouble.It’s not often that younger people get constant sleep interruption.

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Fatigue and Headache

If you wake up with a headache and fatigue, you may have sleep apnea. This could be a result of the lack of continuous sleep and air. Fatigue during the day could also be an outcome.

Keep in mind that a diagnosis won’t be available right away. You’ll need monitoring and a possible hospital stay. But when your risk for stroke, heart disease and even accidents increases, knowing may save your life.

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