Health Tip: Signs You May Have Sleep Apnea

By on July 30, 2010

Sleep apnea, most often characterized by loud snoring, occurs when breathing pauses briefly or becomes shallow during sleep. This often results in poor sleep and can make a person very tired during the day.

The U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says common symptoms of sleep apnea may include:

  • Very loud and persistent snoring, with occasional pauses. Choking or gasping sounds may follow these pauses.
  • Snoring that is worse when sleeping on the back.
  • Daytime drowsiness.
  • Having a headache or a dry throat when the person wakes in the morning.
  • Difficulty concentrating, learning and remembering.
  • Irritability, depression or changes in personality.

Source: HealthDay

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