The biggest risk factor for sleep apnea is age. The incidence increases in men around the age of 50 years. The incidence in women increases after menopause. Even thin people get sleep apnea as they age.
The most common symptoms of sleep apnea experienced by the person with sleep apnea is frequent arousals at night, waking up tired, and being tired during the day.
The most common symptoms the person sleeping next to the person with sleep apnea notices is loud snoring and breathing pauses.
The first step in the diagnosis of someone with sleep maintenance insomnia and daytime sleepiness is a home sleep test.
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