Bed partners may notice a OSA sufferer’s loud and irregular snoring, pauses in breath and gasps for air, but those afflicted usually do not remember waking up during the night. Symptoms of OSA may include:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness or fatigue
  • Dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening
  • Morning headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating and forgetfulness
  • Irritability and depression
  • Night sweats
  • Restlessness during sleep
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Heartburn
  • Loud and irregular snoring
  • Sudden awakenings with a sensation of gasping or choking
  • Difficulty getting up in the mornings

Though far more common in adults, sleep apnea also affects about two percent of children. They may exhibit symptoms that differ from adults, including increased breathing effort at night, restlessness in bed and longer than normal total sleep times. Other symptoms can include bed wetting, excessive nighttime sweating, irritability, morning headaches, failure to grow and gain weight and behavioral difficulties without any obvious cause, such as hyperactivity and inattention.