Symptoms of Sleep ApneaEn Español (Spanish Version)
The actual symptoms of sleep apnea when it’s occurring are:
- 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 include:
- Disturbed rest
- Daytime sleepiness
- Problems staying alert or paying attention
- Poor memory
- Difficulty learning
- Decreased energy
- Sexual problems
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
- Hyperactivity in children
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease and heart attack
- Increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in babies
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NINDS sleep apnea information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/sleep_apnea/sleep_apnea.htm. Updated June 2008. Accessed September 17, 2008.
What is sleep apnea? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/SleepApnea/SleepApnea_WhatIs.html. Updated February 2008. Accessed September 17, 2008.
Last reviewed August 2008 by Elie Edmond Rebeiz, MD, FACS
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