What is obstructive sleep apnea?

People with obstructive sleep apnea stop breathing during sleep. The muscles in the throat relax and the airway closes for 10 seconds or more during sleep, which means they actually awaken to breathe, resulting in a severely disrupted and fragmented sleep.

Symptoms include:

  • loud and disrupting snoring
  • daytime exhaustion
  • depression
  • morning headaches
  • excessive daytime sleepiness
  • sexual dysfunction

Obstructive sleep apnea can be successfully treated.
Successful therapy means sleeping better and getting more enjoyment out of waking hours, can also mean resolving the symptoms associated with obstructive sleep apnea and lowering blood pressure 140/90 mmHg or higher is high blood pressure. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, is a very common problem that can have serious health consequences, if it is not diagnosed and treated. Can be cause serious problems such as stroke, heart failure, heart attack and kidney failure.

Treated obstructive sleep apnea can improve:

  • job performance
  • mood
  • quality of life
  • vitality and motivation
  • alertness while driving
  • sexual drive and performance

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