I have been experiencing a problem with sleeping on and off for over 4 years. When it gets really bad, I use sleeping tablets otherwise it eases up after 3 to 4 days. Then I will be able to sleep properly for about a week only for the problem to start up again. It’s usually a problem with falling asleep.
In the past 2 weeks, I noticed that I have not been having a problem falling asleep but after about 4 hours, I wake up and cannot sleep again. I feel tired like I was breathing hard like when swimming or exercising. My doctor thinks that this may be the start of sleep apnea and is scheduling an appointment at the sleep clinic.
I am slightly overweight but have been like this for well over 10 years. My wife says that I do not snore so I am confused how this could be sleep apnea. When I wake up, my nose and roof of my mouth feel sore and dry. Could this be sleep apnea? Other than my weight and being a smoker, I have no health problems.