What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea (AP-ne-ah) is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.

Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep. When your breathing pauses or becomes shallow, you’ll often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep.

As a result, the quality of your sleep is poor, which makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.

Untreated sleep apnea can:

Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that requires long-term management. Lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, surgery, and breathing devices can successfully treat sleep apnea in many people.

Common symptoms of Sleep Apnea:

  • Has your partner noticed that you gasp or stop breathing during sleep?

  • Do you often wake up feeling not refreshed?

  • Do you sometimes feel excessively sleepy during the day?

  • Have your energy and motivation levels decreased?

  • Do you find it difficult to concentrate?

  • Are you overweight?

  • Are you a heavy snorer?

  • Does anyone else in your family have a history of snoring and Sleep Apnea?

If you answered "YES" to any of these questions you may be at a greater risk for Sleep Apnea

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