Symptoms

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

If you’ve ever had a stuffed-up nose, you know the feeling of trying to breathe through a very narrow passageway. If the entire passage becomes blocked and you can’t breathe at all, you have sleep apnea. This can result in a loss of restful, healthy sleep, which can cause:

  • Accidents
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Lack of concentration
  • Poor memory

You should see your sleep medicine
specialist if:

  • You are told by bed partners that you snore loudly or stop breathing at night.
  • You are sleepy during the day even if you get a full night's sleep.
  • You have a sore throat and dry mouth every morning.
  • Sleep does not refresh you, and you feel exhausted when you wake in the morning.
  • You have had a hard time controlling your blood pressure or blood sugars.
  • You have atrial fibrillation that has been hard to control, resistant to attempts to revert to a normal heart rhythm.
  • You have a hard time falling asleep.
  • You wake gasping for breath at night.
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