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
- Sudden awakenings with a sensation of gasping or choking
- Difficulty getting up in the morning
Symptoms in Children:
- 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)
- 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.