Signs and symptoms of OSA

The most common and prominent symptom of OSA is loud and incessant snoring interspersed with cessation of breathing as the airway collapses. This leads to choking
or gasping sounds – which is your body waking up to take in air.

Everyone who has OSA is a chronic snorer, but note, the reverse is not necessarily true.

There are a number of other signs and symptoms that indicate a person may be suffering from OSA. These include:

  • excessive (and frequent) daytime sleepiness, which can cause you to nod off at your desk, become drowsy while driving or watching TV, and lack focus when talking or listening to someone​
  • waking up with a headache
  • irritability and restlessness or ‘twitchiness’
  • a lack of concentration and/or forgetfulness
  • decreased cognitive skills
  • anxiety or depression
  • decreased libido
  • a disgruntled, sleep-deprived bed partner
  • frequent nocturnal enuresis (toilet breaks)
  • gastric oesophageal reflux disorder
  • sleep bruxism (teeth grinding).

These are some of the most common symptoms of OSA, but they can also signify other ailments. If you are suffering from any of these conditions on a regular basis, please see a specialist or contact GSS.