This information is not intended to be medical advice. If you feel you may have a sleep-related disorder, please seek the advice of medical professionals. This information is intended to be used as an informational guide only.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

This is classified as a disorder of breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea is usually accompanied by loud snoring. Apnea consists of brief periods throughout the night in which you are sleeping and your breathing stops. When you have apneas your body is not receiving enough oxygen during sleep.

There are 2 major types of Sleep Apnea.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which is the most common type of sleep apnea, is due to an obstruction, or narrowing of the upper airway, in the throat during sleep. There are pauses in breathing approx. 10 to 60 seconds between loud snores. The causes of this narrowing of the upper airway can be a result of several factors including physical characteristics, excess weight, and alcohol consumption before sleep.
Central Sleep Apnea, is caused by a delay in the signal from the brain to breathe.

With both obstructive and central apnea, you will wake up briefly to breathe. This could be happening hundreds of times during the night. Most of the time there is no memory of these brief arousals or awakenings.


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