What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?

This question was asked in West Palm Beach, Florida on 11/14/2012.
I have been told that I snore and some times skip a beat. Is this signs of sleep apnea?

Doctors Answers (3)

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 11/16/2012

The cardinal signs of obstructive sleep apnea are: 1. Snoring 2. Witnessed apnea 3. Daytime fatigue and/or sleepiness 4. Night time urination 5. Hypertension If you have even two of the above you should be evaluated for sleep apnea. You say you sometimes "skip a beat" which I assume is your heartbeat. That would be number 6 on the list.

Jeannine Louise Gingras, MD
Answered on: 11/15/2012

Snoring, pauses in breathing in sleep, waking up gasping for air,morning headaches, waking up numerous times during the night to go to the bathroom, being unrefreshed in the morning after sufficient sleep.

Faryl K. Hart, DDS
Answered on:

Signs of sleep apnea can include snoring and your irregular breathing. Other symptoms include: occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation, sleepiness or lack of energy during the day, sleepiness while driving, morning headaches, restless leg syndrome, forgetfulness, mood changes and a decreased interest in sex and recurrent awakenings or insomnia.