Frequent Nighttime Bathroom Visits and Night Sweats
This symptom of sleep apnea is a potentially serious one that may lead to diabetes. The hormone melatonin not only regulates the sleep-wake balance of the body, it also aids in the release of insulin from the pancreas to and in regulating the blood sugar levels. Breathing difficulties means a less oxygenated bloodstream leading to release of stress hormones, which in turn leads to a buildup of blood glucose and an uptick in insulin that the body is unable to use. The kidneys will then try to get rid of the excess glucose by excreting it in the form of urine, which means more waking to visit the bathroom at night. A melatonin imbalance causes the insulin-glucose level to be thrown off.
The body seems to go into overdrive every time that it stops breathing as it’s fighting to get enough air to oxygenate the blood, in doing so the body is thrown into fight or flight mode even while asleep If someone hasn’t had a nightmare or are sleeping in an overly warm location, yet they wake up drenched in sweat then it’s likely that they suffer from sleep apnea.