Being tired is something everyone experiences at one point or another and is not a guarantee you have sleep apnea. But, if you find that you’re excessively tired during the day, even after a full night’s sleep, or you have fallen asleep while driving or in a meeting, you should investigate further to find the reason for the tiredness. It’s important you discuss these symptoms with your health care provider to determine exactly what the underlying issue may be.
Causes of fatigue
Fatigue can have many causes, and it’s important you look into the reasons behind yours. Are you unusually stressed about anything? Have you started any new medications? Are you just not getting enough hours of sleep at night?
Sleep apnea is another cause of fatigue and is extremely dangerous if left untreated. With sleep apnea, you stop breathing during the night and begin choking, losing a lot of air and decreasing the circulation of oxygen, affecting the entire body and putting a strain on many of our body’s metabolic systems. In severe sleep apnea cases, the choking and cessation of breathing could happen hundreds of times a night, and the person doesn’t even know it. Imagine how tired this would leave you each morning!
It’s important to be proactive and try to discover the cause of your tiredness with your physician. Sleep apnea is dangerous if left untreated as it increases the risk of other health problems such as high blood pressure, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
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This blog post contains general information about medical conditions and potential treatments. It is not medical advice. If you have any medical questions, please consult your doctor.