If you know you snore, wake up tired, have unexplainable symptoms like headaches and mood swings you could have obstructive sleep apnea.
If you have answered YES to at least 4 of these questions you could be suffering from Sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea can be misdiagnosed as normal snoring. In the case of Apnea, the soft tissue and tongue block the airway entirely and you stop breathing for at least 10 seconds. The brain then signals there is a high carbon dioxide content in the blood. An alert is sent to the body to breathe and you hear a gasping sound at the end of the snore. Reports state that a person suffering from apnea can wake up 600 times in a night. Interrupted sleep in addition with a high carbon dioxide content leads to chronic disease such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and even strokes.
Specialists advise if there is any probability that you could be suffering from sleep apnea arrange an appointment with a sleep centre for a full diagnosis.
The common treatment for Sleep Apnea is CPAP, but in milder cases a mandibular advancement device (commonly known as an anti-snoring mouthpiece) can be used. A good resource for information and list of recommended sleep centres can be find at the American Sleep Apnea Association.