What is characteristic of patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Himanshu Wickramasinghe, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Also helpful is if patients’ spouses or others who are close to them can attend visits. Often, sleepers are unaware that they have OSA and may in fact regard themselves as "good sleepers" because they "can sleep anytime, anywhere" (eg, in the physician’s waiting room, in traffic, in class, at his or her office). Sleepiness is one of the potentially most morbid symptoms of sleep apnea, owing to the accidents that can occur as a result of it.


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