The symptoms of sleep apnea when it’s occurring may include: Very loud snoringEpisodes of long pauses of interrupted breathing during sleepPossibly 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: Disturbed restDaytime sleepinessProblems staying alert or paying attentionIrritabilityPoor memoryDifficulty learningDecreased energyHeadacheSexual problemsDepressionAnxietyWeight gainHyperactivity in childrenConfusion
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 December 28, 2010. Accessed June 3, 2013.
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. Updated November 15, 2011. Accessed June 3, 2013.
What are the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea? National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at:
Updated July 10, 2012. Accessed June 3, 2013.
Last reviewed June 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
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