Morning headaches, snoring, daytime sleepiness, irritable, memory loss.
Morning headaches, snoring, daytime sleepiness, irritable, memory loss? Do any of these symptoms sound familiar in your daily life activities? These symptoms could very well be linked to sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea is a common sleep disorder among Professional Truck drivers and Travelers. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the American Transportation Research Institute of the American Trucking Associations one-third (28%) of commercial truck drivers have mild to severe sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea (also known as Obstructive Sleep Disorder) is a breathing-related sleep disorder that causes short interruptions of breathing during sleep. The pauses in breathing can last a minimum of 10 seconds or more and can also occur up to 400 times a night. There are three levels of sleep apnea; mild, moderate, severe. Regardless of what level one may contain, sleep apnea is a serious matter that is a potential life threatening condition.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Common sleep apnea symptoms include: (ranked from most common to least)
- Waking up with a very sore or dry throat
- Loud snoring
- Occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation
- Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)
- Frequent morning headaches
- Constant memory loss and concentration
- Irritability and/or feelings of depression
- Troubled sleep
- Frequent nighttime urination
How to prevent sleep apnea
It’s easy to just stay healthy by exercising and dieting appropriately. However, preventing sleep apnea could require more than that. Follow these tips below to preventing sleep apnea.
- Getting at least 8 hours of rest each day
- Eating meals that contain protein and iron
- Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and sedatives (sleeping pills)
- Exercise at least once a week
Consult with a doctor today to learn more ways of prevention.
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