Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans, robbing them of quality sleep and sufficient oxygen saturation. For people who do not wake during episodes of labored or stopped breathing, they may not know they have sleep apnea. A bed partner or recognizing daytime symptoms may be what prompts them to seek medical care.

Nighttime Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

The most common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring or other noises indicating difficulty breathing, such as choking or gasping. Other nighttime symptoms include:

  • Silent pauses in breathing (this is more common for side-sleepers and those with central sleep apnea)
  • Nocturia (frequent waking to go to the bathroom)
  • Insomnia

Waking up feeling unrested is also common.

Daytime Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Lack of sufficient quality sleep takes its toll on your mind and body, often in noticeable ways throughout the day. Daytime symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Morning headaches
  • Sleepiness and/or fatigue throughout the day
  • Diminished ability to focus or concentrate
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Irritability and/or mood swings

Many symptoms of sleep apnea are also symptoms of other sleep disorders. A sleep specialist will not order treatment (most often CPAP) until sleep apnea has been definitively diagnosed.

Do You Have Sleep Apnea?

There is only one way to find out for sure if you have sleep apnea—a diagnostic sleep study. Contact Neurology & Sleep Medicine in Rio Rancho to schedule your initial consultation. You will meet with Dr. Senthil Ramasamy, our board-certified sleep specialist, who will help you understand the diagnostic process. He personally evaluates sleep study results, so you can be sure that you will receive the highest level of care.

Do you have sleep apnea? Find out. Contact Neurology & Sleep Medicine in Rio Rancho, New Mexico to schedule a consultation and diagnostic sleep study.

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