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3. Inability to Fall Asleep or Remain Asleep

Insomnia, the inability to fall asleep, usually exists alongside other issues, including those emotional in nature, such as anxiety or depression, or physical, such as sleep apnea. A leading theory suggests that sleep apnea causes insomnia because the person is aware of the fact that his or her breathing stops during the night, which causes a level of anxiety. It's difficult to fall asleep when the mind is anxious and cannot settle down. When a sleep apnea patient can fall asleep, they often find it difficult to remain asleep. The sound of their own snoring may awaken them or cause gasping. The person may also wake up because the brain is alerting them that something is wrong.

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