Sleep Apnea Symptoms & Signs

There are quite a few people who snore during their sleep, but they have a rhythmic snoring pattern, which partners slowly get accustomed to. However, if this snoring gets prominent, it grows into what is called sleep apnea. Here, you feel choked or entirely sleepless for a stretch of several seconds and this happens repetitively. The blood oxygen level goes down and you feel restless. You may wake up several times for urination and as a result of this you will likely get sleepy at other times during the daytime. This ailment troubles adults and children alike, but is more intense for the latter as they have little idea on how to counter it.

Major Signs:

  • Frequent, Loud Snoring
  • Gasping or Choking during Sleeping
  • Pauses of Breathing or Breath
  • Chest Pain & Night Sweating
  • Fatigue or tiredness during the day (sleep doesn’t help)
  • Frequent nighttime bathroom visits (Nocturia)
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches in the morning


General Adult symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Often, the person sleeping with you is in a better position to notice the symptoms. You will have breathing difficulty for long periods (say, half a minute); you will wake up woefully short of breath; there will be days of light sleeping and restlessness; you will get irritable and moody during daytime dealings with others; and you might have a problem remembering things. Moreover, you will often suffer from nausea or severe headache in the morning. Obviously, when the case becomes more intense, you will likely have problems with your eating as well.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms with Children

Children normally resort to breathing through their mouths whenever there is a restless feeling. Sleep apnea induces lack of activity in them and their attention span decreases. They become quite irritable and not prone to learning or absorbing new ideas or things. They may also begin to dread those terrible morning headaches.

Types of sleep Apnea Disorder

There are three types of Sleep Apnea:

Obstructive type is the most common and happens through malfunction of the throat.

Central Sleep Apnea occurs when the brain is unable to send signals.

Complex Sleep Apnea is when there is an accumulation of both errors.


Maintaining a fit body, abstaining from carbohydrates, liquor and tobacco, and taking regular hours of sleep are the best way to counter this disorder. As with most other ailments or sicknesses, if your sleep apnea becomes worse and is debilitating to you or to your children, be sure to seek professional help.