Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

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While you are asleep, gasping or snoring happens, so you won’t know that you are having problems breathing or be able to judge just how severe the problem is. This is where a family member or bed partner comes into play—they will typically notice these problems long before you do. Additionally, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea just as not everyone with sleep apnea snores, so it is important to keep that in mind. Here are some signs and symptoms of sleep apnea you should pay attention to:

Daytime Sleepiness

Another common sign of sleep apnea is fighting sleepiness throughout the day. Do you find yourself nodding away at your desk, desperately trying to stay awake? It could be caused by sleep apnea. You may find yourself rapidly falling asleep during the quiet moments of the da y when you are not active. Even if you don’t experience daytime sleepiness, talk to your doctor if you have problems breathing during sleep.

Other Signs and Symptoms

Don’t Ignore Snoring, Gasping and Sleepiness. That’s right. These three warning signs are the most prominent signs and should never be ignored. Pay attention to:

  • Loud, persistent snoring
  • Pauses in breathing
    • Accompanied by gasping episodes
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

Some other signs and symptoms of sleep apnea might include the following:

  • Morning headaches
  • Memory or learning problems
  • Not being able to concentrate
  • Feeling irritable, depressed, or having mood swings or personality changes
  • Waking up frequently to urinate
  • Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up

Contact Dr. Pira Sadeghi in Glendale, CA about sleep apnea and to find out what you can do to get a better night’s sleep.