Obstructive sleep apnea is a relatively common disorder. Those with heart failure, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, stroke, diabetes mellitus type 2, etc are more prone to developing sleep apnea, and more men than women typically struggle with this disorder (except women entering menopause, who have an increased risk of sleep apnea). Also, older adults have a higher risk of experiencing of sleep apnea, and long-term opioid users also tend to be diagnosed with central sleep apnea more often.
There are many symptoms of sleep apnea and patients may experience any combination of these including excessive sleepiness during the day, snoring, or waking up abruptly in the night choking or gasping. Those who sleep with a partner may be told that they seem to stop breathing at night or have night sweats. Patients might wake up with a sore throat, dry mouth, or a headache. Mood swings, particularly depression and irritability, along with trouble concentrating can also be signs of sleep apnea.