Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when something blocks your upper airway during sleep. Symptoms include restlessness during sleep, snoring, night sweats, fatigue during the day, sore throat when you wake up, headaches etc. In children it can result in behavioral problems, fatigue, bed wetting, headaches (especially in morning). Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in men than women. However, being overweight can put you at more risk. In adults, untreated sleep apnea is thought to cause or increase the risk of developing diabetes, hypertension, elevated cholesterol, heart disease, and stroke. Treatment includes avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills, nasal sprays, CPAP machine, maintaining a healthy weight, and surgery.
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