Signs of Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea is quite prevalent and is directly associated with an increased risk of metabolic and cardiovascular issues. As such, it is important that the signs and symptoms for this condition are noticed and attended to.

Sleep apnea is a sleep-related breathing disorder in which breathing is interrupted. Breathing can stop and resume many times while sleeping and in severe cases, it can interfere with and possibly prevent the oxygen supply from reaching the body.

Categorized below are notable signs of sleep apnea in adults.


  • Sudden stopping and starting of breathing
  • Choking, snorting, or gasping noises
  • Persistent, chronic snoring
  • Snoring in certain positions while sleeping
  • Intermittent snoring with suffocation and breathlessness
  • Disturbed sleep, waking up multiple times
  • Restlessness or sleeplessness
  • Frequent urination


  • Trouble concentrating
  • Fatigue or constant tiredness
  • Parched throat or dry mouth upon waking
  • Headache upon waking
  • Jaw pain
  • Unexplained weight gain


  • Depression
  • Irritation
  • Moodiness
Signs in babies and young children may be different. Pediatric obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your child’s breathing is completely or partially interrupted repeatedly during sleep due to a narrowed or blocked upper respiratory tract. Kids can snore because of their tonsils being too large for their throat as well.

While it is challenging to spot the signs in babies and young children here are a few characteristic night and day signs.


  • Snorting, choking, or coughing
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Breaks in breathing
  • Wetting the bed
  • Sweating at night
  • More commonly disturbed sleep, rarely snoring


  • Poor performance at school
  • Learning difficulties
  • Trouble paying attention
  • Behavioral problems
  • Weight problems
  • Hyperactivity

When in doubt, it is recommended that the patient be tested for sleep apnea. A procedure called nocturnal polysomnography can be done in which a machine helps detect vital activities of your brain, heart, lung, breathing patterns, blood oxygen levels, etc.

Alternatively, simplified home sleep tests can be performed to map breathing patterns, airflow, heart rate, and blood oxygen levels. This step helps doctors customize the best treatment for their patients.
Fortunately, we can help treat sleep apnea by customized oral appliances. These work well for mild to moderate cases to reduce the signs and relieve sleep apnea, adding comfort, and restoring your energy and happiness.

The first step is to consult with us. We can help all along your treatment process, even with ordering your home sleep test. To schedule a consultation or book an appointment call (415) 630-6534 or book an online appointment.