Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

This symptoms of sleep apnea questionnaire is design to also be a check list to help you and/or your loved ones quickly identify signs of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea effects that can dangerously affect sufferers of their health, energy and longevity.

If you recognize any of these symptoms, you're encouraged to:
• print
off this symptom check list
• highlight, check mark or circle
any of the sleep apnea symptoms you're experiencing
• make an immediate appointment
with your medical doctor and be sure to take this list with you when you go.

My purpose in writing this page is to provide you with  an overview of the many sleep apnea signs and symptoms discussed in my Information on Sleep Apnea, Part 1 introductory article.

Using this checklist will enable you and your doctor to quickly focus on the specific effects of sleep apnea you're experiencing and determine if a sleep study is required.

You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain: Improved health. vitality and longevity.

Do You Experience Any of These Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

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  • Has your sleep partner noticed pauses or changes in your breathing pattern?
  • Have you been told you snore or been banished from your bed because of it?
  • Do you awaken abruptly, short of breath or choking?
  • Do you wake in the morning feeling exhausted?
  • Do you experience extreme bouts of sleepiness during the day?

Sleep apnea symptoms are insidious and can be under the guise of physical, psychological and medical signs.

See what the American Sleep Apnea Association says in the following video. After the video, continue checking below for more symptoms you may be experiencing.

Physical: Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

• Are you overweight?
• Do you snore or have you been told you snore?
• Is your neck measurement 17" (430 mm) or more in men; 16" (410 mm) or more in women?
• Are you a mouth breather?
• Are you middle aged (40+)?
• Are you post menopausal [women]?
• Do you experience constantly moving while sleeping (restlessness, etc.)?

Do you have any of these facial characteristics?
• narrow upper or lower jaw
• receding chin
• overbite
• enlarged tongue (macroglossia)
• crowded or missing teeth
• low muscle tone, e.g., soft palate tissue
• upper airway abnormalities, such as enlarged tonsils or adenoids, or narrow airway
• deviated septum

Do you wake in the morning with a:
• headache
• sore throat
• dry mouth

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Psychological/Behavioral: Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Do you notice?
• daytime sleepiness, lethargy
• impaired alertness
• memory loss, forgetfulness
• slower reaction time
• poor job performance
• difficulties with focusing
• decreased attention span
• learning difficulties
• slower processing information
• increased mistakes

• increased accidents
(home, workplace or motor vehicle)

• increased anxiety
• moodiness
• intolerance
• aggressiveness
• belligerence
• irritability
• less motivation
• lackluster attitude
• inattentiveness

Lifestyle: Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

 Do you:
• Drink alcohol (especially 3-4 hours before bedtime (includes beer and wine)
• Smoke
• Use muscle relaxants

Medical: Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Have you been diagnosed or suffer from:
• Insomnia
• Diabetes
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Heart Disease (angina, nocturnal cardiac arrhythmias, myocardial infarction, etc.)
• Congestive heart failure
• Stroke
• Cancer
• Arthritis
• Obesity (BMI >30)
• Asthma
• Allergies (hay fever, etc.)
• Stuffy nose (deviated septum, polyps, etc.)
• Depression
• Reflux/GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
• Hypersomnia
• Liver impairment (i.e., fatty liver diseases)
• PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) [women]
• ED (Erectile Dysfunction) [men]

• Decreased interest in sex
• CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)

• ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), learning disabilities, behavioral or metabolic problems

• Vision problems
• Brain dysfunction: Alzheimer's, dementia, brain injury
• Seizures
• Migraines
• Preeclampsia [pregnant women/high blood pressure]
• Sudden Hearing Loss (Sensorineural)
• Family history of sleep apnea
• Frequent nightmares

Do you take medications, for example:
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Depression
• Sleep (Insomnia)

Other: Sleep Apnea Symptoms

• Have you had a recent accident -- office, home or car?
• Is your sleep interrupted with trips to the toilet?
• Are you of African, Pacific Islander, Hispanic ethnicity?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this further reinforces why you need to get checked immediately by your doctor. Make that appointment today!

Get more life saving and energy boosting steps here

See my companion article: Symptoms of Sleep Apnea, A Serious Disorder Known by Few

Or, go back to the sleep apnea basics:

Information on Sleep Apnea – Vital to Improved Health and Longevity Part 1

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