Sleep apnea

Sleep apnea or sleep apnoea in British English is a sleep disorder, also called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition in which the soft tissues at the back of the throat  blockage in the upper airway, so that air cannot flow into the lungs.

When airflow through the nose and mouth is blocked, breathing repeatedly stops for 10 to 15 seconds or longer. This airway blockage can reduce the amount of oxygen reaching the brain and body.

People who have sleep apnea usually snore loudly and are very tired during the day. Sleep apnea can affect children and adults.

Most common symptoms are:

  • long snoring
  • restless sleep
  • significant daytime sleepiness
  • periodic stoppages in breathing
  • poor memory
  • difficulty concentrating

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