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One of the most recognisable symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea is snoring, even though many patients ignore this sign or fail to recognise it as a symptom of a more serious condition.
Other symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing may include:
If your patient presents with any of these symptoms, it’s important to talk to them about SDB and recommend a sleep test.
However, these symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea may not relate to sleep apnoea, so it’s important that an accurate diagnosis is made.
Sleep-disordered breathing also affects up to 3%1 of children, with common symptoms including:
There are a number of risk factors that could also predispose children to having sleep-disordered breathing, including:
If symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing are observed in a child, it’s important to either refer the child to a Paediatric sleep physician and/or recommend a sleep test to determine whether he or she has a breathing disorder.
Find out how to request a sleep test.