Sleep Apnoea Symptoms

If any of these symptoms trouble you while you sleep, you could have a sleep-related breathing disorder.

Night Time


Snoring During Sleep

Due to the serious consequences of sleep suffocation, medical experts consider loud snoring to be sleep suffocation unless otherwise proven.

Gasping for Breath During Sleep

Sleep suffocation sufferers sometimes dream of not being able to breathe or dream of drowning.

Frequent Night-time Urination

This is the body’s way of lowering spiking blood pressure. By dumping fluid, the total body fluid is lowered and blood pressure comes down.

Lack of Dreaming

Many sleep apnoea and upper airway resistance suffers have a very difficult time getting to REM sleep where dreaming occurs.

Day Time


Daytime Sleepiness or Fatigue

While many sleep apnoea sufferers experience daytime sleepiness, up to 50 percent of sufferers have no symptoms.


Little children get grumpy when they don’t get enough sleep. Big people are no different!

Morning Headaches

This is frequently the result of night time elevation of blood pressure. Sometimes people clench their teeth while fighting for air which can cause headaches.

High Blood Pressure

Not being able to easily get air causes the body’s alarm to sound. The fight or flight mechanism goes into effect and blood pressure rises.


It is not understood specifically why sleep apnoea sufferers more frequently experience impotency. However, increased sleepiness and fatigue rarely contribute to an amorous mood!


When someone is fighting for air during sleep, there is a tremendous negative intra-thoracic air pressure generated. This negative air pressure within the chest can actually cause the stomach contents to be sucked up during sleep.

Type Two Diabetes

People with sleep-related breathing disorders are much more likely to develop type two diabetes because they have fragmented sleep. This fragmented sleep impairs their ability to access slow wave sleep where a great deal of glucose regulation takes place. Diabetics who have undiagnosed sleep apnoea often find that it is much easier for them to regulate the blood sugar levels after their sleep apnoea is properly managed.

Cardiovascular Disease

There are many mechanisms that make cardiovascular disease a serious consequence of sleep-related breathing disorders, but none more important that the increase in blood pressure that results from the repetitive fight for oxygen during upper airway collapse.


Sleep apnoea sufferers are 20 percent more likely to have a stroke. The same mechanisms that cause cardiovascular disease also implicate sleep apnoea as a significant risk factor in stroke. 50 percent of people who have a stroke also have obstructive sleep apnoea.