What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious medical condition caused by an obstruction in the airway — either excess tissue in the mouth and throat or a compressed airway while you’re sleeping. This obstruction causes your breathing to stop periodically during the night (often 20 to 30 times an hour). These wake-sleep, wake-sleep episodes are so quick that most people don’t remember them or realize they’re happening at all.
In this case, ignorance is not bliss. Left undiagnosed and untreated, sleep apnea is believed to contribute to high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and even brain injury.
Do you have sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is more common than you may realize. An estimated 20 million people in the US suffer from this airway issue. Here are a few tell-tale signs and symptoms to watch for:
- Waking up with a headache or sore throat
- Feeling drowsy and sleepy throughout the day
- Being told you snore loudly at night
- Sudden waking during the night
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