WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of this condition, and is when there is an obstruction in the upper airway. While snoring may be a symptom of OSA, there are many individuals with this condition, who do not snore, but simply hold their breath until they find themselves awake. Individuals are rarely aware they have difficulty breathing, even when awaking. Not only do these apneas reduce the amount of quality, reparative sleep someone receives it reduces the amount of oxygen supplied to the brain which often times causes early morning headaches and daytime drowsiness.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF SLEEP APNEA

If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk for:

  • Depression
  • Learning and memory difficulties
  • Heart Attack and stroke
  • Hypertension and high blood pressure
  • Reduced strength
  • Fatigue-related accidents
  • Loss of sex drive

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