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What are the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea?
Dec 27, 2012
A symptom is something the patient feels and reports, while a sign is something other people, such as the doctor detect. For example, pain may be a symptom while a rash may be a sign.

Patients may be unusually sleepy during the day, sleep is fidgety, there is usually snoring which may be loud, during sleep there also be periods of silence (no breathing) and then gasps.

Less commonly, the patient may suffer from morning headaches, insomnia,
 poor concentration, moodiness, anxiety, irritability, and depression.

The patient's libido (sex drive) may decrease. Adult males may suffer from erectile dysfunction (difficulty in either getting or maintaining an erection). Blood pressure often goes up (hypertension), there may be weight gain, increased urination and getting up at night to urinate (nocturia).

Some patients complain of heartburn.

A significant number of sufferers wake up during the night with a dry mouth/throat.