Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder, also called sleep apnea. OSA is Greek and word apnea, means the absence of breathing (without breath).

Apnea sometimes may occur hundreds of times during the night, 1-2 times per minute in severe OSA patients, and is often accompanied by wide swings in heart rate, precipitous decrease in oxygen saturation.

People who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea frequently complain of daytime sleepiness, which can cause difficulty to staying awake, driving, while reading and watching television.

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