Which clinical history findings related to dreaming suggest childhood obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Feb 13, 2019
  • Author: Mary E Cataletto, MD; Chief Editor: Denise Serebrisky, MD  more...
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Obstructive apnea and hypopnea tend to worsen during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is associated with dreaming. Frequent wakening with nightmares or vivid dreams is common in children. Occasionally, the dreams may include imagery about suffocation or drowning. Adults or children with obstructive sleep apnea may describe choking sensations during the night.


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