Ask The Expert
November 13, 2012
Headaches are a common symptom in sleep apnea. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. And not everyone with sleep apnea has headaches. However, sleep apnea is a leading diagnosis for someone who snores and has morning headaches. Other symptoms of sleep apnea include:
People with sleep apnea breathe abnormally while they sleep. They may have shallow breathing. Or they may stop breathing for short periods of time. In more severe cases, the abnormal breathing leads to low oxygen levels in the blood. In turn, poor oxygen flow to the brain probably causes the headaches.
If you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, talk to your doctor. You may need a sleep test (polysomnogram).