Signs and Symptoms

In most cases people suffering from sleep apnea are not aware they have a sleeping disorder until a spouse or bed partner hears them snoring or notices that they stop breathing while sleeping.  Other common signs and symptoms include:

  • Extreme sleepiness
  • Frequent snoring
  • Stopping breathing during sleep
  • Morning headaches
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Weight problems
  • Loss of energy
  • Drowsy driving
  • Abnormal breathing
  • Poor concentration
  • Impaired alertness

Sleep apnea is most common among men, people who are overweight and middle-aged. However, research shows that children and post-menopausal women may also be at risk. 

Could you have sleep apnea?

If you have three or more of the symptoms, you may have a life-threatening sleep disorder:

  • I don't feel my sleep is refreshing
  • I feel sleepy or tired during the day
  • I have trouble falling asleep
  • I have a difficult time staying asleep
  • I snore
  • I stop breathing while asleep
  • I sleep restlessly, tossing and turning
  • I have an uncomfortable feeling in my legs
  • I sweat excessively while sleeping
  • I awaken with headaches
  • I sleep at inappropriate times
  • I fall asleep while watching TV
  • I fall asleep while driving
  • I have high blood pressure
  • I am overweight


If more than three of these comments apply to you, talk to your physician about a sleep study with Oklahoma Sleep Associates.

More Information

Dr. Aaron Boyd and Meghan McKenzie from Oklahoma Sleep Associates give tips on getting a better night's rest. To watch click here