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Sleep Apnea

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can be recognized by a number of symptoms.

In adults:

Snoring may be so loud that it rivals a jackhammer and can be heard rooms away (or even by neighbors).

A particular pattern of snoring interrupted by pauses, then gasps, reveals that the sleeper's breathing stops and restarts.

Adults with OSAS may snort or gasp for breath during sleep.

Adults with OSAS may fall asleep at inappropriate times, such as at work or while driving.

Adults with OSAS may feel unable to breath.

Adults with OSAS may make gasping sounds.

Adults with OSAS may have experience a choking sensation.

Adults with OSAS may suffer from early-morning headaches and extreme daytime sleepiness.

Excessive body movements during sleep.

Adults with OSAS may have trouble concentrating, and can become unusually forgetful, irritable, anxious, or depressed.

In some cases, a person may know he or she has a sleep problem and seeks help.

Adults with OSAS may complain about morning headaches, frequent nighttime urination, loss of interest in sex. Men may complain of impotence and women may have menstrual irregularities.

In children:

OSAS has been linked to some cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), although the exact relationship is still uncertain. Ongoing research is evaluating the role of OSAS as a possible factor in SIDS.

OSAS may be present in children who are overweight and those who have enlarged tonsils and adenoids.

Children with OSAS may:

bulletsnore or squeak
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Older children who have OSAS may seem sluggish and may perform poorly in school, Sometimes they are labeled "slow" or "lazy,"

(Source: American Academy of Sleep Medicine)

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