Exhaustion is normally blamed on lack of sleep. But if you’re already getting seven to nine hours of recommended sleep and still feel tired, you may have Sleep Apnea.
The most common type of sleep apnea is OSA, or Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and approximately 25 million Americans have it. OSA occurs when the soft fatty tissue in the throat and mouth relaxes too much and partially or completely blocks the airway. This creates a repeated interruption in breathing and therefore oxygen levels, which leads to snoring, choking, gasping, jaw pain, and tiredness throughout the day. Long term effects of sleep apnea include high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, diabetes, and more. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in men but does occur in women as well, especially during and after menopause.