Symptoms of
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome


Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea suffer from symptoms of chronic sleep deprivationdue to poor sleep quality. Sleep fragmentation from recurrent brain arousals needed to relieve upper airway obstruction account for the key symptoms of Sleep Apnea:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Awakening unrefreshed
  • Restless sleep
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Moodiness / Irritability
  • Morning headaches
  • Loud snoring
  • Awakening gasping or choking for air
  • Bed partner or caregiver has mentioned you stop breathing while sleeping
  • Morning dry mouth
  • Sweating while sleeping
  • Problems concentrating
  • Feeling worse after a nap
  • Neck circumference > 17 inches for a man or 16 inches for a woman
  • Being overweight


Sleep Apnea has a very slow onset over several years time.  Because patients often attribute feelings of daytime fatigue, tiredness, memory decline, and irritability to the aging process or other medical conditions such as low thyroid or anemia, Sleep Apnea is not usually the first-line diagnosis. In fact, many patients deal with the symptoms of Sleep Apnea for five – 10 years before the true culprit is uncovered. Because patients are asleep when Sleep Apnea occurs, they simply do not know it is happening to them.

If you snore and have daytime sleepiness or risk factors for heart attack or stroke (such as high blood pressure or diabetes), you should strongly consider talking to your family doctor about being evaluated by Dr. Ludwick and/or participating in a Sleep Study. You can also Request an appointment online.

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