Sleep apnea symptoms

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What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

Has someone told you that you snore loudly or sometimes gasp for breath while you sleep? Maybe they’ve noticed that you seem to stop breathing from time to time in your sleep. These are classic signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.

Because it happens when you’re asleep, you may have sleep apnea without knowing. If you have central sleep apnea, you may not snore at all, and you will need to rely on other signs and symptoms to alert you to the problem.

Symptoms for obstructive sleep apnea

The most common symptoms for obstructive sleep apnea symptoms are:1,2

Gasping for breath or paused breathing during sleep
Restless sleep, insomnia
Frequently urinating at night
Waking up with night sweats
Waking up with a dry, sore throat
Morning headaches
Feeling constantly tired during the day
Having trouble concentrating and remembering things
Impotence and reduced sex drive
Mood swings
Gaining weight
High blood pressure

Symptoms for central sleep apnea3

There’s quite a bit of overlap between the symptoms of obstructive and central sleep apnea. Both types of sleep apnea interrupt breathing during sleep.

People with central sleep apnea may or may not snore. That’s because central sleep apnea isn’t caused by an obstructed airway. It’s caused by the brain failing to send a signal to the body to take a breath.

Because people with central sleep apnea often sleep quietly, the condition may not be noticed. If you experience any of these sleep apnea symptoms on a regular basis, you may benefit from a sleep test to determine if you have central sleep apnea:

Central sleep apnea symptoms

Waking up suddenly feeling breathless
Shortness of breath that is relieved by sitting up
Insomnia, with difficulty staying asleep
Daytime sleepiness
Chest pain at night
Trouble concentrating
Trouble concentrating
Morning headaches
Difficulty exercising
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Sleep apnea treatment

There are several different treatment options for sleep apnea, depending on the type and severity of sleep apnea. If you have mild obstructive sleep apnea, lifestyle changes and regular monitoring may help to control the condition. For moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea, and for central sleep apnea, treatment is normally recommended and beneficial. Find out about all the treatment options and how they work.