Effects of Sleep Disordered Breathing
Major Signs and Symptoms

One of the most common signs of obstructive sleep apnea is loud and chronic (ongoing) snoring. Pauses may occur in the snoring. Choking or gasping may follow the pauses.
The snoring usually is loudest when you sleep on your back; it may be less noisy when you turn on your side. Snoring may not happen every night. Over time, the snoring may happen more often and get louder.

You're asleep when the snoring or gasping occurs. You will likely not know that you're having problems breathing or be able to judge how severe the problem is. Your family members or bed partner will often notice these problems before you do.
Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea.

Another common sign of sleep apnea is fighting sleepiness during the day, at work, or while driving. You may find yourself rapidly falling asleep during the quiet moments of the day when you're not active.

Other Signs and Symptoms

Others signs and symptoms of sleep apnea may include:
• Morning headaches
• Memory or learning problems and not being able to concentrate
• Feeling irritable, depressed, mood swings or personality changes
• Urination at night
• A dry throat when you wake up

In children, sleep apnea can cause hyperactivity, poor school performance, and aggressiveness. Children who have sleep apnea also may have unusual sleeping positions, bedwetting, and may breathe through their mouths instead of their noses during the day.

Medical Problems Related to Sleep Disordered Breathing

Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with serious health problems. These include but are not limited to:

• Chronic sleepiness
• Obesity
• High blood pressure
• Heart disease
• Heart attack and stroke
• Diabetes
• Reflux (GERD)
• Depression
• Morning headaches
• Impotence

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