Knowing the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea is very important in finding out whether or not this potentially serious sleep disorder is affecting you or your partner.
There are also several different types of sleep apnea. One of these is central sleep apnea, which is brought on by your brain's inability to signal the muscles of your respiratory system properly.
Two of the most common symptoms to look out for are excessive daytime tiredness, and of course, snoring! Although, snoring doesn't necessarily mean that you have sleep apnea.
Leilani shares her story about discovering that she has sleep apnea and the difference her machine makes to her life.
Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain stops signaling for the body to breathe. It is different than obstructive sleep apnea, where enlarged and/or relaxed throat muscles obstruct your upper airway.
"Through that, my husband finally piped up and said, well, you know you snore too. And he even got the grandkids to mention - you know, asked them, doesn't Granny snore? And they would call it purring, not snoring. But then it becomes like a train. My husband says it sounds like a train, like I'm revving an engine, trying to catch some breath. But my tongue is all the way back in the way where I can't breathe. And my nose is like it's clamped off too."
Less snoring means a more peaceful sleep experience1
"I can tell the difference. I feel the difference. I feel more alert, more awake. I can't afford to be fatigued, can't afford to be tired, not with my lifestyle. The things I like to do and be with my kids and my grandkids, I have to be on my game. I hate to say no, we can't do that because I don't feel good. It helps me to be a little bit more, I want to say useful, I guess, in a sense. So I do see that the machine does help."
Successful CPAP therapy may help you feel more energised and alert rather than exhausted.2
We hope you enjoyed hearing Leilani's story. If you are someone who snores or suffers from excessive daytime fatigue, then you may want to take a closer look into it.
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Verwimp, J et al. Sleep Breath. 2013
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