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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing, during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last from a few seconds to minutes, and may occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour.[1] Similarly, each abnormally low breathing event is called a hypopnea. Sleep apnea is diagnosed with an overnight sleep test called a polysomnogram, or "sleep study".

Obstructive Sleep Apnea causes:

  • Cardiac Problems
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Memory Problems
  • Stroke
  • Increased traffic & work related accidents

Sleep Apnea can contribute to all of these medical problems

Do you have a sleep disorder?

  • I am tired all the time.
  • I don't feel refreshed, even after sleeping all night.
  • I wake up with morning headaches.
  • I have been told that I snore.
  • I'm sleepy during the day.
  • I toss and turn a lot in my sleep.
  • I stop breathing at night.
  • I have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • I am forgetful or have trouble concentrating.
  • I have unusual leg movements at night.
  • I'm overweight, and have high blood pressure.

If you checked one or more of the statements above, you may have a sleep disorder. You should discuss symptoms with your physician so they can see about scheduling a sleep study.