What Is Sleep Apnea?

August 07, 2019

What Is Sleep Apnea?

You may have heard of it before. Sleep apnea. But do you know what it is? As defined by the Mayo Clinic, sleep apnea is “a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.” There are various causes for sleep apnea, from the airway in the back of your throat narrowing to your brain not properly transmitting signals and in turn, reminding you to breathe, or it can even be caused by the treatment of other medical conditions.

 

People often have sleep apnea and don’t know it.

Snoring is just one sign that could indicate that you are experiencing sleep apnea. Another indicator is feeling fatigued after sleeping, due to your sleep being frequently interrupted and not being truly restorative.

If you find that you often don’t feel well-rested, even after a full night’s sleep, you might want to ask your doctor if you might be experiencing sleep apnea. To confirm the diagnosis, your doctor may recommend doing a sleep study.

 

Do you have or know someone who has sleep apnea? Have you ever done a sleep study?

 






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