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If you or someone you know has one or more of the following symptoms, it may be Sleep Apnea:

• Snoring
• Gasping for air or stopping breathing during sleep
• Falling asleep in inappropriate situations, such as while driving, at a movie, or sitting in a meeting
• Waking up feeling unrefreshed
• Large neck size (greater than 17” in men; greater than 16” in women)
• Morning headaches
• Getting up during the night to urinate
• Sweating or tossing and turning during sleep
• Depression or irritability
• Sexual dysfunction
• Problems with memory or concentration

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Comment by Chris H on April 27, 2011 at 6:21pm
Yes naps too .
Comment by Christine A. Tedeschi on April 27, 2011 at 2:42pm
Thank you for this site, I have learned so much about sleep apnea from here (more info than what my doctor provided me with).  Now I need to dig out my machine, wash it up and start using it.  Do I use it even during a nap?  Again...thank you for this site!
Comment by Jo E on April 6, 2010 at 11:23pm
Large neck size: Is that actually a SYMPTOM of sleep apnea or a possible cause? I have a small enough neck but I suffered OSA since birth since my soft palate was too long. By the time it was diagnosed I also had a severely deviated septum. I also had other abnormalities in my upper respiratory system. I had 7 surgeries to clear things up. I may have to have more sinus surgery in the future, but for now I am doing pretty well. I am very happy to be off CPAP thanks to the surgery.
Comment by Melanie D on February 18, 2010 at 5:07pm
I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2004 , and have had 3 sleep studies because they say I have 0% in stage 4 or is it 5? I'm not sure because it has been so long. Whatever stage is deep sleep, where your body actually replemishes itself. I have tried every mask I think they make (at least back in 2004 an 5) I end up tearing my mask off in the middle of the night because of severe dry mouth or throat like Jackie Davis states. The masks either cause a sore on the bridge of my nose or cause the above symptoms mentioned. I have tried full masks, nasal masks, the humidifier that attaches to my machine and nothing helps. Ending result; I end up not using it just to get what little sleep I can, although interupted. I don't even know why I have sleep apnea? I am 5'4" 130 lbs , with a small neck. I'm so exhausted most of the time that I have trouble concentrating, and with my memory. Any advice?
I'm so tired of being tired.
Comment by June on February 12, 2010 at 1:41pm
has any one else experienced swelling when they awake arms legs knees feet hands ?
Comment by June on February 7, 2010 at 10:21am
I was dx back in 2004 never did the cpap like I was suppose to. Going back in next month for another evaluation. How ever I do have a question. Many times during the night I will choke and wake up or cough and wake up is this part of the sleep apnea? Or is this just dust floating around in the air? Does sleep apnea also cause dizziness when you awake and stay with you through out most of the day? Years ago it was very bad I could not keep eyes open while driving but then I moved from that state and lost some weight but now the dizziness is new to me and just started yes gained weight as well. ?
Comment by Jackie Davis on January 15, 2010 at 7:05pm
I have had sleep apnea for over 2 years. I have a cpap but the problem is severe dry mouth. I wear the mask and i wake up within 2 hours . My mouth is so dry that my tongue is stuck to the roof of my mouth and i feel as though I am being stangled. These added problems habe made sleeping very hard.
Comment by anita on November 15, 2009 at 11:19pm
my hubby has had a test and it was done during sleep , when the dr read the results we had a call with in a hr of takingin the machine , and they told him he had aproblem with his oxgen level dropping real while he is sleeping ,
and yes he dos snore , and i can tell it wakes me up if i do not hear him snoring .......
Comment by Tracey Ritchie on August 8, 2009 at 9:02pm
I asked my doctor for a sleep study ,,he took blood tests ? then told me my blood work was good , he said the levels were not high enough for a machine? what levels is he talking about ? I thought it was a breathing problem ? what is he looking for in bloodwork?
Comment by keith miller on May 10, 2009 at 9:22am
what do i do next

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