Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

The symptoms of sleep apnea when it’s occurring may include:

  • Very loud snoring
  • Episodes of long pauses of interrupted breathing during sleep
  • Possibly struggling, snorting, gasping, choking, and partially or completely awakening in an attempt to restart breathing
Symptoms that occur as a result of these episodes of sleep apnea may include:
  • Disturbed rest
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Problems staying alert or paying attention
  • Irritability
  • Poor memory
  • Difficulty learning
  • Decreased energy
  • Headache
  • Sexual problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Weight gain
  • Hyperactivity in children
  • Confusion


Being evaluated for sleep apnea. American Sleep Apnea Association website. Available at: Published May 2005. Accessed September 17, 2008.

Fact sheet: pediatric sleep disordered breathing/obstructive sleep apnea. American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery website. Available at: Updated November 15, 2011. Accessed June 3, 2013.

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