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Signs of Sleep apnea

Symptoms of Sleep apnea

The list of medical symptoms mentioned in various sources for Sleep apnea may include:

Note that Sleep apnea symptoms usually refers to various medical symptoms known to a patient, but the phrase Sleep apnea signs may often refer to those signs that are only noticable by a doctor.

Signs or Symptoms of Sleep apnea:

NINDS Sleep Apnea Information Page: NINDS (Excerpt)

Symptoms of sleep apnea may include restless sleep, loud, heavy snoring (often interrupted by silence and then gasps), falling asleep while driving and/or during the day (at work, watching TV, etc.), morning headaches, loss of energy, trouble concentrating, irritability, forgetfulness, mood or behavior changes, anxiety or depression, obesity, and decreased interest in sex. Not all people with sleep apnea experience all of these symptoms and not everyone who has these symptoms has sleep apnea. However, it is recommended that people who are experiencing even a few of these symptoms visit their physician for evaluation. Prompt and proper diagnosis of sleep apnea is an important first step to treating the disorder. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Sleep Apnea Information Page: NINDS)

Sleep Apnea: NWHIC (Excerpt)

In a given night, the number of involuntary breathing pauses or "apneic events" may be as high as 20 to 30 or more per hour. These breathing pauses are almost always accompanied by snoring between apnea episodes, although not everyone who snores has this condition. (Source: excerpt from Sleep Apnea: NWHIC)

Sleep Apnea: NWHIC (Excerpt)

Because of the serious disturbances in their normal sleep patterns, people with sleep apnea often feel very sleepy during the day and their concentration and daytime performance suffer. The consequences of sleep apnea range from annoying to life-threatening. They include depression, high blood pressure, irritability, sexual dysfunction, learning and memory difficulties, and falling asleep while at work, on the phone, or driving. Risk for heart attack and stroke may also increase in those with sleep apnea. In addition, sleep apnea is sometimes implicated in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). (Source: excerpt from Sleep Apnea: NWHIC)

Sleep Apnea: NWHIC (Excerpt)

People with sleep apnea usually arenít even aware they have a problem and may not believe it when told. For many sleep apnea patients, their spouses are the first ones to suspect that something is wrong, usually from their heavy snoring and apparent struggle to breathe. Coworkers or friends of the sleep apnea victim may notice that the individual falls asleep during the day at inappropriate times (such as while driving a car, working, or talking). It is important that the person see a doctor for evaluation of the sleep problem. (Source: excerpt from Sleep Apnea: NWHIC)

More Symptoms of Sleep apnea:

More detailed symptom information may be found on the symptoms of Sleep apnea article. In addition to the above medical information, to get a full picture of the possible signs or symptoms of this condition and also possibly the signs and symptoms of its related medical conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by:

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What are the signs of Sleep apnea?

The phrase "signs of Sleep apnea" should, strictly speaking, refer only to those signs and symptoms of Sleep apnea that are not readily apparent to the patient. The word "symptoms of Sleep apnea" is the more general meaning; see symptoms of Sleep apnea.

The signs and symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Sleep apnea. This medical information about signs and symptoms for Sleep apnea has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Sleep apnea signs or Sleep apnea symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Sleep apnea may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Sleep apnea symptoms.


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