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What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

Loud snoring is only one symptom of sleep apnea.

Loud and chronic snoring is a very common sign of sleep apnea. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea are listed below.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Snoring
  • Episodes of stopped breathing while asleep witnessed by another person
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Morning headaches
  • Memory or learning problems and not being able to concentrate
  • Feeling irritable, depressed, or having mood swings or personality changes
  • Waking up frequently to urinate
  • Dry mouth or a sore throat when you wake up

While snoring may not occur every night, it may start to happen more often and become louder. Typically, snoring is loudest when sleeping on your back; it may be less noisy when you turn on your side.

Most don’t realize they are snoring or that they are experiencing pauses in breathing until it disrupts their sleep enough to wake them up.  Even then they likely won’t know how the severe their snoring or breathing problems are. Often times, a sleeping partner or family member may notice these problems before you do.

Snoring does not always indicate sleep apnea.

Fatigue and daytime sleepiness are another common sign of sleep apnea. Those with sleep apnea may fight sleepiness during the day whether at work or even while driving.  Don’t suffer from poor sleep, talk with your doctor if you have problems breathing during sleep or staying awake during the day.