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Sleep Apnea

What are the symptoms?

  • excessive daytime sleepiness
  • frequent episodes of obstructed breathing during sleep. 
    (The patient may be unaware of this symptom -- usually the bed partner is extremely aware of this).

Associated features may include:

  • loud snoring
  • morning headaches
  • unrefreshing sleep
  • a dry mouth upon awakening
  • chest retraction during sleep in young children (chest pulls in)
  • high blood pressure
  • overweight
  • irritability
  • change in personality
  • depression
  • difficulty concentrating
  • excessive perspiring during sleep
  • heartburn
  • reduced libido
  • insomnia
  • frequent nocturnal urination (nocturia)
  • restless sleep
  • nocturnal snorting, gasping, choking (may wake self up)
  • rapid weight gain
  • confusion upon awakening


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