Symptoms usually appear while you sleep, common symptoms include:
- Breathing stopping and starting
- Gasping, snorting, or choking sounds
- Frequently waking up
- Loud snoring
Some daytime symptoms may include:
- Feeling very tired
- Finding it hard to concentrate
- Mood swings
- Headaches when you wake up
Due to the fact that most of these symptoms occur while you’re asleep, it can be difficult to tell if you have Sleep Apnea. Therefore, it may help to ask someone to observe you while you sleep so they can check for symptoms.
If your GP thinks you have Sleep Apnea, you may be referred to a specialist sleep clinic for tests. You may be given devices that monitor things like your breathing and heartbeat while you sleep. These are usually worn at home, but sometimes you need to stay in the clinic overnight. This test shows if you have Sleep Apnea as well as how severe it is, this is based on how often your breathing stops while you’re asleep (AHI score).