If you have someone close to you who tells you that you snore or gasp during the night, take the news as a serious sign of symptoms and ask your doctor for a sleep study.
If there’s no one to alert you to it, then you might recognize other symptoms like lethargy or fatigue, sore throat and dry mouth, headaches that happen frequently, and a lack of clarity in your thought process.
A sleep study can help you find out what’s going on. You stay overnight and they monitor your breathing. Sometimes you can get a home test so that you’re sleeping in your usual environment.
If it’s confirmed that you have sleep apnea, then you have many options that you can try. A sleep mask (CPAP) is very popular because it forces oxygen through the relaxed muscles to ensure you never stop breathing.
There are also other treatment possibilities you can look into, such as a mouthpiece, electronic stimulation therapy (to strengthen the muscles that collapse), and even lifestyle changes like losing weight, avoiding alcohol, and sleeping on your side!