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One of the most serious sleep disorders is sleep apnea. An individual with this condition literally stops breathing during sleep. This may happen hundreds of times a night, causing a person to awaken slightly to resume breathing. Such fragmented sleep is not appropriately restful. Sleep apnea may lead to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, weight problems or other health problems or accidents.
- Excessive snoring
- Awaking with a headache
- Awaking without feeling refreshed
- Daytime sleepiness
- Awaking gasping for breath
- Sudden body movements during sleep
- Weight gain
- Once a proper diagnosis of sleep apnea is made, treatment varies based on the condition's severity.