What are the daytime symptoms of 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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Daytime symptoms may include the following:

  • Nonrestorative sleep (ie, “waking up as tired as when they went to bed”)

  • Morning headache, dry or sore throat

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) that usually begins during quiet activities (eg, reading, watching television); as the severity worsens, patients begin to feel sleepy during activities that generally require alertness (eg, school, work, driving).

  • Daytime fatigue/tiredness

  • Cognitive deficits; memory and intellectual impairment (short-term memory, concentration)

  • Decreased vigilance

  • Morning confusion

  • Personality and mood changes, including depression and anxiety

  • Sexual dysfunction, including impotence and decreased libido

  • Gastroesophageal reflux

  • Hypertension

  • Depression

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