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Sleep apnoea - What are the symptoms of sleep apnoea?

BMJ Group Medical Reference

If you have sleep apnoea, there are times during the night when you stop breathing. However, you may not be aware that you have sleep apnoea. It may be your partner or another family member that notices the signs first.

Having sleep apnoea can make you feel very drowsy during the day. You may find it hard to concentrate or remember things, feel tired when you wake up, and feel moody.[6][7]

If you have severe sleep apnoea, you get an overwhelming urge to fall asleep in situations where you need to be fully awake.

Here are some signs that you may have sleep apnoea:[8]

  • Snoring (but not everyone who snores has sleep apnoea)

  • Difficulty concentrating during the day

  • Feeling very sleepy during the day

  • Difficulty staying awake

  • Waking up tired and not refreshed

  • Your partner notices interruptions to your breathing when you are asleep.

There are lots of other things that can upset your sleep. You should see your doctor to find out what is causing your problems.[8]


For references related to Sleep apnoea click here.
Last Updated: September 27, 2013
This information does not replace medical advice.  If you are concerned you might have a medical problem please ask your Boots pharmacy team in your local Boots store, or see your doctor.
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