Sleep Apnea is a common disorder in which the person who suffers it makes one or more pauses in breathing or has shallow breathing while sleeping.
These pauses can last from a few seconds to several minutes. They often occur 30 times or more per hour. Usually, breathing returns to normal, sometimes with a loud snoring or with a similar sound to when a person chokes.
Sleep Apnea is almost always a chronic (constant) health condition that disrupts you while sleeping. The person goes from deep sleep to light sleep when there’s a pause in breathing or when breathing becomes shallow.
For this reason, the person experiences a low quality sleeping cycle and will feel tired throughout the day. This sleeping condition is one of the main reasons why a person may feel very sleepy during the day.
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and you feel tired even after a full night's sleep.
Have you ever heard about sleep apnea?
There are two main types of this sleeping condition:
- Obstructive apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax
- Central apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn't send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing
If you think you might have sleep apnea, see your doctor. Treatment is necessary to avoid heart problems and other complications.