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Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
The symptoms of sleep apnea when it’s occurring may include:
- 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 may include:
NINDS sleep apnea information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/sleep%5Fapnea/sleep%5Fapnea.htm. Updated October 21, 2015. Accessed December 6, 2016.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115600/Obstructive-sleep-apnea-OSA. Updated October 5, 2016. Accessed December 6, 2016.
Pediatric sleep disordered breathing/obstructive sleep apnea. American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery website. Available at: http://www.entnet.org/content/pediatric-sleep-disordered-breathingobstructive-sleep-apnea. Accessed December 6, 2016.
What are the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sleepapnea/signs. Updated July 10, 2012. Accessed December 6, 2016.
- Reviewer: Marcie L. Sidman, MD
- Review Date: 12/2016
- Update Date: 05/20/2015