Warning signs of obstructive sleep apnea

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This is "Sleep Awareness Week."

Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious disorder. It’s where a person stops breathing for 10 seconds or more at a time.

The most common signs include:

  • Loud snoring.
  • Gasping for air during sleep.
  • Awakening with a dry mouth.
  • Morning headache.
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness.

It’s estimated 25 million Americans may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, with many more undiagnosed.

If left untreated, it can cause heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, depression, even an early death.