Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which a person has episodes of blocked breathing during sleep. This article discusses obstructive sleep apnea in adults.
See also:
  • Central sleep apnea
  • Sleep disorders

A person who has obstructive sleep apnea often is not aware of the apnea episodes during the night. Often, family members, especially spouses, witness the periods of apnea.

A person with obstructive sleep apnea usually snores heavily soon after falling asleep. The snoring continues at a regular pace for a period of time, often becoming louder. It is then interrupted by a long silent period during which there is no breathing. This is followed by a loud snort and gasp, and the snoring returns. This pattern repeats frequently throughout the night.

The main symptoms are usually associated with excessive daytime sleepiness:
  • Abnormal daytime sleepiness, including falling asleep at inappropriate times
  • Awakening unrefreshed in the morning

Other symptoms may include:
  •  Depression (possibly)
  • Memory difficulties
  • Morning headaches
  • Personality changes
  • Poor concentration
  • Restless and fitful sleep
  • Frequent waking up during the night to urinate
  • Insomnia
Other symptoms that may occur with this disease:

Hyperactive behavior, especially in children
Leg swelling (if severe)
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