Signs and Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Due to the obstruction of the airways during sleep the patient has
These cycles are characterized by repeated wake-up and
Symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are:
a)Excessive sleepiness- As the person suffering from sleep apnea does not get the required amount of sleep they suffer from 'excessive sleepiness' and this usually is manifested as daytime sleepiness.
This can cause cognitive difficulties leading to motor vehicle crashes, work-place accidents, impaired performance at work or school, social embarrassment, depression and compromised quality of life.
b)Snoring- Partial obstruction to the airway can cause some resistance to airflow, resulting in
c)Apneic episodes - Episodes of temporary cessation of breathing occurs in the patient, which is initially noticed by the partner.
d)Choking or gasping in sleep - At the end of an 'apneic episode' the patient chokes or gasps in an effort to take a breath.
e)Tiredness upon awakening - Episodes of apnea can cause repeated arousals from sleep that will lead to sleep fragmentation. This causes fatigue upon awakening.