• Loud irregular snoring, snorting or gasping for breath

  • Sudden body movements before the person starts to breathe again

  • Excessive sweating during sleep

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness

  • Complaints of restless sleep

  • Personality changes

Obstructive Sleep Apnea


This is the most common type of apnea and is caused by an obstruction in the throat caused by the tonsils, uvula, fatty tissue or involuntary muscle relaxation that blocks airflow during sleep.

Treatment Options


Sleep apnea can generally be treated very effectively once it is properly diagnosed.

Treatment options may include the following:

  • Weight Loss

  • Nasal CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) a device worn over the nose that is attached to a machine that provides compressed air, helping to keep the airway open.

  • In more extreme cases, surgery may be required to remove airway blockage.