If you wake up and are still tired that could be a sign that you have sleep apnea. Over 12 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which has already been linked to hypertension, heart attack, traffic accidents, and depression. Individuals with sleep apnea experienced paused breathing numerous times throughout the night disrupting their sleep thus contributing to daytime tiredness.
Men have double the risk of sleep apnea compared to women. Other risk factors include alcohol intake, weight, family history, and having a nasal obstruction.
The most common treatment of sleep apnea is with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device, which is a mask worn throughout the night to ensure breathing continues. Lifestyle habits, too, can benefit those with sleep apnea, like losing weight and modifying certain medications.
There are currently no drugs approved for sleep apnea, but sometimes doctors will prescribe medications to sleep apnea patients in order to combat daytime fatigue.
If you suspect you have sleep apnea, speak with your doctor to be tested at a sleep clinic. If you already have a diagnosis of sleep apnea, ensure you are following your treatment plan in order to lower your risk of the many complications associated with sleep apnea.