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Could someone tell me the signs of sleep apnea?

Asked by honeybun35 (622points) December 30th, 2020

There are times I find myself in deep sleep. During the deep sleep I jump up gasping for air or maybe just being nervous. I am not to sure.

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Dutchess_III's avatar

That sounds like sleep apnea.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Feeling tired after a night’s sleep.
Waking up often or waking yourself up.
Being overweight.
Headaches in the morning.

honeybun35's avatar

Not over weight at all. It doesn’t happen all the time but when it does happen I feel as if I’m in a horror movie waking up.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@honeybun35 You could try all -natural melatonin from your local health store. I know a lot of people who use it safely and get better sleep.

PS I’m not a doctor.

honeybun35's avatar

What about Hypnic Jerk?

_____'s avatar

I have sleep apnea. PM me if you want. But you definitely need to do a sleep study!

Note: I’m 175 lbs and 6’1”. You can have sleep apnea and be thin. There are also different types of apnea that have different causes.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

There are phone apps that record snoring. That would give you an idea of what is happening.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@honeybun35 I had hypnic jerk from a childhood brain injury but grew out of it, mostly.
Every once in a great while when I’m really tired or in crisis, it’ll still happen, but very rare.
My 20’s were a nightmare but thankfully it settled down after age 35 or so.

honeybun35's avatar

Do you think I have that instead and is that bad?

KNOWITALL's avatar

@honeybun35 No idea, since I don’t know what your personal situation is. It’s natural for people to have some jerking, as your brain is sometimes still shutting down, but mine was not normal and was especially worse when triggered with stress.

When waking up from a deep sleep, I would often jerk and shudder for about five to ten minutes. One time I threw rice all over the living room, after a nap before dinner time. If yours isn’t severe but still interferes with your sleep, I’d definately get a sleep study done if your insurance will cover it. Just don’t let your doc prescribe xanax or something for sleep if you don’t get the sleep study done, since those affect your neurological system.

Maybe try the melatonin and see if it helps since it’s natural and cheap?

Dutchess_III's avatar

I twitch as I start to fall asleep.

JLeslie's avatar

Do a sleep study if your insurance will cover it.

raum's avatar

- Loud snoring

- Episodes in which you stop breathing during sleep — which would be reported by another person

- Gasping for air during sleep

- Awakening with a dry mouth

- Morning headache

- Difficulty staying asleep (insomnia)

- Excessive daytime sleepiness (hypersomnia)

- Difficulty paying attention while awake

- Irritability

(From Mayo Clinic)

raum's avatar

Being overweight isn’t technically a symptom for sleep apnea. But sleep apnea can cause weight gain.

(Has something to do with lack of sleep and production of leptin.)

honeybun35's avatar

Thanks I will check out that website.

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