Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
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The actual symptoms of sleep apnea when it’s occurring are:
- Very loud snoring
- Episodes of long pauses of interrupted breathing during sleep
- Possibly struggling, snorting, gasping, choking, and partially or completely awakening in an attempt to restart breathing
Symptoms that occur as a result of these episodes of sleep apnea include:
- Disturbed rest
- Daytime sleepiness
- Problems staying alert or paying attention
- Poor memory
- Difficulty learning
- Decreased energy
- Sexual problems
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
- Hyperactivity in children
- ]]>High blood pressure]]>
- ]]>Heart disease]]> and ]]>heart attack]]>
- Increased risk of ]]>sudden infant death syndrome]]> (SIDS) in babies
Being evaluated for sleep apnea. American Sleep Apnea Association website. Available at: http://www.sleepapnea.org/resources/pubs/evaluated.html . Published May 2005. Accessed September 17, 2008.
Cecil R, Goldman L, Benett JC. Cecil Textbook of Medicine. 21st ed. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders Company; 2000.
Fact sheet: could my child have sleep apnea? American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery website. Available at: http://www.entnet.org/HealthInformation/Could-Child-Have-Sleep-Apnea.cfm . Accessed September 17, 2008.
NINDS sleep apnea information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/sleep_apnea/sleep_apnea.htm . Updated June 2008. Accessed September 17, 2008.
What is sleep apnea? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/SleepApnea/SleepApnea_WhatIs.html . Updated February 2008. Accessed September 17, 2008.
Last reviewed August 2008 by ]]>Elie Edmond Rebeiz, MD, FACS]]>
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