Does your spouse or partner wake you from your sleep in an effort to get you to change position because you’re snoring so loud? Have you ever been told that you sometimes don’t breathe when sleeping? Do you find yourself sleepy all day and feeling like you didn’t get a good night’s rest?
Then you just might be suffering from a serious medical condition known as Sleep Apnea.
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects tens of millions of Americans regardless of age or race. Many people who have sleep apnea are not even aware that the symptoms they are experience are from sleep apnea. Nearly 91% of sleep apnea cases are not treated properly or diagnosed incorrectly.
Sleep apnea is defined by brief pauses in breathing or poor flow of oxygen while sleeping. The pauses in breathing can be caused by the interruption of the signal from the brain to the lungs or most commonly, an obstruction of the airway. Brief pauses in breathing while sleeping can occur several hundred times a night and typically only lasts a few seconds. When breathing is stopped, a person is unable to fall into REM sleep. As a result, many people often feel like they are in a fog for the entire day.
Those who suffer from sleep apnea conditions often snore regularly, toss and turn through-out the night, wake up with a sore throat or dry mouth, and are irritable due to a lack of a good night’s sleep. Sleep apnea can also have a negative impact on the overall health of people and potentially cause death.