Sleep Apnea | Symptoms

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How do I know if I have sleep apnea?

Because some of the symptoms of sleep apnea occur while you're sleeping, your bed partner may notice it first. You, or that person, may notice heavy snoring or long pauses in your breathing during sleep. Even if you don't remember waking up during the night, you may notice daytime sleepiness (such as falling asleep at work, while driving or when talking), irritability or fatigue. You may also experience morning headaches, forgetfulness, mood changes and a decreased interest in sex.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 01/11
Created: 09/00

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