Sleep Disorder

Do You Have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea?

Symptoms in Adults:

  • Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
  • Dry mouth or sore throat upon awakening
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, depression or irritability
  • Restlessness during sleep
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Snoring
  • Sudden awakenings with a sensation of gasping or choking
  • Difficulty getting up in the morning

Symptoms in Children:

  • Bedwetting
  • Choking or drooling
  • Inward movement of the ribcage when inhaling
  • Learning and behavioural disorders
  • Poor school performance
  • Sluggishness or sleepiness (often misinterpreted as laziness in the classroom)
  • Snoring
  • Teeth grinding
  • Restlessness in bed
  • Pauses in breathing
  • Unusual sleeping positions such as sleeping on the hands and knees, or with the neck hyperextended

Doctor’s note: Symptoms are less obvious in children and require careful observation. Parents should consult a sleep specialist if they suspect that their child has Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.

Article contributed by Dr Jim Teo, an accredited doctor of Mount Alvernia Hospital.

Note : Please note that health information is provided to supplement the care provided by your doctor. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.   Always seek the advice of your physician if you have any questions regarding a medical condition.