If you find yourself nodding off anywhere, anytime, you could have sleep apnea.
Of course, occasionally any of us can fall asleep somewhere strange, but if you feel as if you are not even in control of where or when you fall asleep, you might have sleep apnea.
It can be difficult to know what exactly you are doing while you sleep, but sleep apnea is when your breathing repeatedly stops and starts during the night. While you might not know about it, your significant other may notice. Symptoms often include snoring loudly.
So, how do these breathing issues coincide with falling asleep anywhere, anytime? When you have sleep apnea, you are not actually gaining restful sleep, even if you got enough "hours." As a result, when you wake up you may feel just as tired as you would if you had not gotten as much sleep as you believed you did. So, this fatigue can lead to falling asleep at any time, which can be dangerous, especially for commuters.