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:
- Disturbed rest
- Daytime sleepiness
- Problems staying alert or paying attention
- Poor memory
- Difficulty learning
- Decreased energy
- Sexual problems
- Weight gain
- Hyperactivity in children
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