While snoring is a nuisance to those around you, it may also be a sign of a more serious breathing disorder known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea results when you stop breathing at intervals throughout the night: your body awakens just enough to breath, and you might not be aware of a problem. Sleep apnea can result in daytime drowsiness, memory loss, high blood pressure and even premature death.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a breathing related sleep disorder which can pose serious health threats. OSA occurs when a person regularly stops breathing (apnea) for 10 seconds or longer during sleep:
this is usually caused by either the tongue or the soft palate falling against the back of the throat when the muscles relax during sleep.
Sleep apnea episodes can happen from 5 to 50 times an hour.
Because of the interrupted loss of sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness can occur. This can put a person with obstructive sleep apnea symptoms at even greater risk by causing them to fall asleep while driving or working.
A sleep study is the only way to positively diagnose sleep apnea. Once diagnosed, there are several sleep apnea aids and treatments that allow patients to maintain an open airway during sleep.
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