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Reasons You Aren’t Getting Quality Sleep
It’s not uncommon to have a few sleepless nights on occasion. Virtually everyone has experienced a bad night’s rest due to stress, a busy schedule, or other factors that impair our ability to get the sleep we need.
But if a lack of rest is becoming a regular routine, it could easily be a sign of a deeper issue that needs to be addressed. Sleeping disorders and conditions, like sleep apnea, often start to become noticeable with the onset of that tired and poorly rested feeling. And without treatment, these symptoms and effects simply worsen over time.
Have you had more restless nights than usual, and aren’t clear as to the exact reason why? Be on the lookout for these subtle and not-so-subtle signs of a bigger issue at the heart of your sleep problem.
Five Signs Your Sleep Loss Is Due to A Bigger Problem
Snoring is one of the leading symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It’s an indicator that you are struggling to breathe normally while you are asleep. Increased, louder, or more frequent snoring is a sign that this condition is present or is increasing in severity.
Plus, it is a clear signal that you need to be tested for OSA as soon as possible to get this common condition under control.
2. A lack of focus
Are you feeling more forgetful or scatterbrained during the day?
This, too, could be a sign that your poor rest is actually obstructive sleep apnea. When we sleep, our brain filters and stores all our memories and information.
So if the brain can’t complete this process, it can easily lead to forgetfulness and an inability to concentrate during our waking hours.
3. Weight gain
Obstructive sleep apnea and weight gain are a dangerous combination. This is because the two conditions exacerbate the other.
When you are unable to rest well due to OSA, your production of chemicals that helps you feel full and maintain an active metabolism are lowered. So you may start notice the numbers of your bathroom scale ticking up, without a clear reason why. Yet gaining weight makes your snoring and sleep apnea pauses in breathing worse.
Therefore, watch for sudden and unexplained weight gain. And also pay attention to an increase in hunger and cravings, and a decrease in physical activity.
Headaches are another common but subtle sign of obstructive sleep apnea. This is especially true when they occur when you first wake up in the morning.
Clearly, a sleepless night will lead to feeling tired the next day.
But do you consistently feel waves of fatigue? There’s a good chance your lack of rest is something more severe. Insomnia and OSA both link to continual daytime fatigue and a drastic change in energy levels during the day.
If any of the above symptoms and side effects sound familiar, it’s time to dig deeper to find out what’s causing your poor quality sleep. If you suspect sleep apnea may be an issue, then start by looking into an at-home sleep test. It is an easy and convenient way to achieve an initial diagnosis.
The silver lining is knowing the signs of OSA and other common conditions. And with that knowledge you can seek treatment, and get back on track to being well rested in no time at all.
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