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Sleep Disorder Warning Signs You Should Know About

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16. Snoring
> Possible sleeping disorder(s): Obstructive sleep apnea

Snoring is not just a noisy disruption for people sleeping nearby, snorers may suffer from a serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea. OSA can cause people to snore during sleep because something blocks their upper airway. This disorder can be brought on by being overweight or drinking alcohol.

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17. Stomach problems
> Possible sleeping disorder(s): Circadian rhythm disorder

Sleep disruption affects not just the mind but the body as well. The body’s circadian rhythm refers to the body’s internal clock, which helps regulate several biological processes within the body. When the circadian rhythm is disrupted, it may disrupt the rhythms and patterns in the gut, leading to microbes being thrown off and causing stomach problems.

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18. Struggling to stay awake when inactive
> Possible sleeping disorder(s): Insomnia

Those who struggle to stay awake when they are simply sitting down, watching TV, or reading may suffer from insomnia — difficulty of falling or staying asleep at night. In turn, this can cause excessive fatigue and nodding off during the day.

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19. Waking up gasping or choking
> Possible sleeping disorder(s): Obstructive sleep apnea

Waking up gasping or choking could be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when something blocks your airway, or when your muscles do not do a good job of regulating airflow during sleep. The gasping or choking could mean that the airway’s muscles relax and narrow enough to cause obstruction to breathing.

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20. Waking up often to pee
> Possible sleeping disorder(s): Obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea

Waking up often to pee may have more to do with your lungs than your bladder. Nocturia — peeing at night — is a common symptom of obstructive or central sleep apnea. Treating sleep apnea might help alleviate frequent nighttime urination.

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