Healthy Living

Driving with Sleep Apnea

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) or Pickwick syndrome is often undiagnosed, but should be suspected in snoring patients who wake up many times during the night, have severe daytime sleepiness, slow reflexes and morning headaches. Especially if the affected person is overweight. Some of the most common problems related to obstructive sleep apnea syndrome are:

  • Alterations of memory, attention and concentration
  • Changes in mood and personality
  • Aggravation of other health issues

It has been demonstrated that abusing alcohol, tranquilizers and antihistamines before bed can worsen these symptoms. Obesity is the most common predisposing factor but hypertension and cardiac arrhythmias are also common.