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Sleep apnea

Self-care

Self-care options include losing excess weight, getting regular exercise, and sleeping in a side position. Saline nose spray may help keep nasal passages open.

When to make a doctor's appointment

See a doctor if:

  • Snoring loud enough to disturb sleep
  • Shortness of breath, gasping for air, or choking that awakens from sleep
  • Intermittent pauses in breathing during sleep
  • Excessive daytime drowsiness

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