Sleep Apnea is a common, underdiagnosed, sleep disorder when breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat fail to keep the airway open, despite efforts to breathe. Another form of sleep apnea is central sleep apnea, in which the brain fails to properly control breathing during sleep.
Obstructive sleep apnea, or simply sleep apnea, can cause interrupted sleep and low blood oxygen levels. The combination of disturbed sleep and intermittent oxygen reductions can lead to excessive daytime sleepiness, hypertension, heart disease, metabolic, weight, mood and memory problems. It can also increase the risk of automobile accidents. Sleep apnea can be life-threatening and you should consult your doctor immediately if you feel you may suffer from it.
- Chronic snoring is a strong indicator of sleep apnea and should be evaluated by a health professional.
Left untreated, Sleep Apnea is associated with an increased risk of the following:
- Disturbances in Sleep
- Excessive Sleepiness During the Day
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Attack
- Congestive Heart Failure & Cardiac Arrhythmia