Signs, Symptoms, and Complications - Sleep Apnea - Signs, Symptoms, and Complications

Common sleep apnea signs and symptoms are snoring or gasping during sleep; reduced or absent breathing, called apnea events; and sleepiness. Undiagnosed or untreated sleep apnea prevents restful sleep and can cause complications that may affect many parts of your body.

Signs and symptoms
- Sleep Apnea - Signs, Symptoms, and Complications

Common signs of sleep apnea:

  • Reduced or absent breathing, known as apnea events
  • Frequent loud snoring
  • Gasping for air during sleep

Common symptoms of sleep apnea:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue
  • Decreases in attention, vigilance, concentration, motor skills, and verbal and visuospatial memory
  • Dry mouth or headaches when waking
  • Sexual dysfunction or decreased libido
  • Waking up often during the night to urinate

Did you know that sleep apnea symptoms may be different for women and children compared with men?

Complications
- Sleep Apnea - Signs, Symptoms, and Complications

Sleep apnea may increase your risk of the following disorders:

Did you know that sleep apnea can cause inflammation and lead to complications?

Look for
- Sleep Apnea - Signs, Symptoms, and Complications

  • Diagnosis will explain tests and procedures used to detect signs of sleep apnea and help rule our other conditions that may resemble sleep apnea.
  • Treatment will discuss treatment-related complications or side effects of the treatment for sleep apnea.