Sleep Apnea is a serious and potentially life threatening condition, which is characterised by
- Repetitive cessation in breathing for upto 10 seconds or more, during sleep, due to collapse of the upper airway or excessive relaxation of airway muscles.
- This stoppage of breathing can happen hundreds of times a night and can leave you feeling like you have not slept at all, despite having a full night’s sleep.
- A reduction in oxygen levels in the blood- during this time, body and organs like brain, heart etc do not get adequate oxygen, This can increase your risk for high blood pressure, heart problems, coronary artery disease, diabetes etc
- Frequent awakening in an attempt to breath – The reduction in blood oxygen levels causes your body to wake up and you may make a gasping, snorting or choking sound to try and catch your breath. Since the snorer does not get good rest, they may be sleepy during the day, which decreases their performance.