Sleep Apnea: The Signs and Symptoms

The First Obvious Sign

The most obvious sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea is chronic, loud, and ongoing snoring. Pauses will occur during the snoring, and gasping or choking noises may follow pauses.

Of course, as the sleeper you probably won’t even know that you’re experiencing breathing problems because you’re fast asleep when you’re gasping for air, or snoring. Therefore you won’t be aware of just how serious your condition is, but your partner or other family member will more than likely be aware of just how severe your sleep apnea is.

It’s important to note that, just because you snore, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you suffer from sleep apnea.




The Second Obvious Sign

The second most obvious sign of sleep apnea is sleepiness during the day, while driving, or at work. Specifically you’ll find yourself quickly falling asleep during quiet (and sometimes inappropriate) times of the day, because you’re not active at that particular moment. Regardless of whether you feel extremely tired during the day, or not, it’s important that you discuss any breathing issues you may be experiencing during sleep with your medical practitioner.


Additional Symptoms and Signs of Sleep Apnea

Others sleep apnea symptoms include:


  • Headaches, specifically in the morning;
  • Inability to concentrate, and learning or memory issues;
  • Waking up frequently during the night to urinate;
  • Feeling depressed, irritable, having mood swings or complete personality changes, and
  • Sore throat or dry mouth on waking.


Sleep apnea in children can cause hostile behavior, anger, poor performance at school, and hyperactivity. Children with sleep apnea are often mouth breathers, instead of breathing through their nose.


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