Waking up and feeling like you didn’t sleep a wink is not a great way to start your day. Usually, if every morning feels like this, it’s a clear indication that something is going wrong with your night of sleep. It can be difficult to pinpoint what exactly is causing you to sleep so poorly, though. One of the ways to figure it out is to look at all your symptoms and talk to a doctor.
Unfortunately, a lot of people ignore their symptoms and pass them off as being normal. To help you get a better night of sleep and the treatment you need, at Firouzian Sleep Wellness, we encourage you to keep an eye out for the following sleep apnea symptoms. If you notice any of these, they shouldn’t be ignored.
Choking or Coughing During Sleep
One of the most important symptoms of sleep apnea is choking, coughing, or gasping for air during sleep. These sensations can happen repeatedly throughout the night and are a sign that you likely have sleep apnea. The reason you choke, cough, or gasp throughout the night is because your airway becomes obstructed. Your oxygen level drops and alerts your brain to wake you up to clear your airway. The coughing, choking, and gasping is your body’s natural reaction to being oxygen-deprived. Once you fall back asleep, your airway becomes obstructed again and the process repeats itself throughout the night.
Most people don’t even remember waking up doing this throughout the night. Oftentimes, a sleep partner will tell them it happened. If you experience this symptom of sleep apnea, you should not ignore it. Instead, you should schedule a consultation with our sleep dentist, Dr. Firouzian.