Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

People with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may have:

  • Poor sleep quality
  • Snoring
  • Waking at night with gasps, problems breathing, or coughing
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Lack of focus during the day
  • Morning headaches
  • Waking up to pass urine
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Sexual problems

People with central sleep apnea (CSA) may have:

  • Frequent waking
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Waking at night with problems breathing
  • Problems falling asleep or staying asleep

A person's sleep partner may notice some of these symptoms while their partner sleeps.

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Last reviewed March 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Kari Kassir, MD
Last Updated: 4/7/2021

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