Sleep apnea is a common condition among veterans.  Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common sleep condition resulting in lhe starting and stopping of breathing while sleeping.  Some typical symptoms of sleep apnea include: excessive daytime sleepiness, loud snoring. observed episodes of stopped breathing during sleep, waking during the night and gasping or choking, awakening in the morning with a dry mouth or sore throat, morning headaches, and trouble focusing during the day.
There can be several causes of obstructive sleep apnea, both physical causes and mental causes.  There is evidence in academic journals that supports that veterans have a higher incidence pf obstructive sleep apnea than the general population.  There is also a link between obstructive sleep apnea and service connected PTSD, along with anxiety and depression.  There is scientific evidence that the arousal caused by service connected mental disorders leads to obstructive sleep apnea.
While there is a long history of VA granting disability benefits for sleep apnea caused secondary by service connected mental condition, VA still denies compensation for sleep apnea.  VA often wrongfully links sleep apnea incorrectly to only weight gain.  To prevail on a claim for sleep apnea, veterans are recommended to hire a VA accredited attorney who can assemble the right experts to win service connection for sleep apnea.