Sleep apnea (alternatively sleep apnoea) is a common sleep disorder characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. These episodes, called apneas, last 10 seconds or more and occur repeatedly throughout the night. People with sleep apnea partially awaken as they struggle to breathe, but in the morning they may not be aware of the disturbances in their sleep. Nearly 40 percent of the population has some sleep apnea, and half of those cases are serious enough to warrent treat ...
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Signs and symptoms
... The signs and symptoms of obstructive and central sleep apnea overlap, sometimes making the type of sleep apnea more difficult to determine. The most common signs and symptoms of obstructive and centr...
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... Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat relax. These muscles support the soft palate, uvula, tonsils and tongue. When the muscles relax, your airway is narrowed or c...
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Risk factors
... Sleep apnea may occur if you''re young or old, male or female. Even children can have sleep apnea, a problem more common than it''s known. But certain factors put you more at risk: Obstructive sleep a...
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When to seek medical advice
... Consult a medical professional if you experience the following: Snoring loud enough to disturb the sleep of others or yourself Shortness of breath that awakens you from sleep Intermittent pauses in yo...
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Screening and diagnosis
... Your doctor may make an evaluation based on your signs and symptoms or may refer you to a sleep disorder center, where an evaluation often involves overnight monitoring of your breathing and other bod...
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