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How do I know I suffer from sleep apnea?

Snoring is the most common symptom of sleep apnea but it does not mean that everyone who snores is suffering from sleep apnea.

Snoring is most likely to be a sign of sleep apnea if it is followed by silent pauses in breathing and choking/gasping sounds. It is better to discuss your symptoms with your doctor if you snore or believe you have sleep apnea.

You will have certain nighttime symptoms and daytime symptoms if you have sleep apnea. The nighttime symptoms include:

  • Loud, continuous snoring
  • Perceivable silent pauses in breathing
  • Gasping or choking sounds during sleep
  • Disturbed sleep due to frequent visits to the bathroom

Daytime symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Sleepiness or fatigue during the day
  • Early morning headaches
  • Irritability or depression
  • Poor concentration

However, the symptoms of sleep apnea vary in women and children. Women with sleep apnea often complain of fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, depression, headache, and sleep disruption. Children, usually have symptoms such as hyperactivity, learning and academic performance problems, bed-wetting, and exacerbation of asthma.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/