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Sleep Apnea Is Common in People with Prediabetes

sleepy man.If you snore loudly—and wake up abruptly gasping for air—there’s a good chance you have sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep disorder.

When a person has sleep apnea, breathing stops and starts, with pauses lasting from a few seconds to minutes. Pauses may occur 30 times or more an hour, which causes a person to have poor quality of sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness.

There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea, which is more common and occurs when throat muscles relax, and central sleep apnea, which happens when the brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.

In addition to loud snoring and daytime sleepiness, other symptoms for sleep apnea include:

  • Morning headaches
  • Feeling irritable, depressed or having mood swings
  • Dry mouth or sore throat after waking up
  • Abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath

If you have prediabetes, you’re especially at risk of sleep apnea. That’s because there’s a link between the way your body metabolizes sugar and sleep apnea. Learn more about how the two conditions are connected! 

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