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Sleep apnea

  • Apnea is a Greek word meaning "want of breath." Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in which you stop breathing while asleep. Your airway narrows or collapses during breathing, blocking air flow. When this happens, your lungs can't take in oxygen or breathe out carbon dioxide. This can last 10 seconds or longer.

    Your brain responds to the falling oxygen levels by waking you enough to tighten the upper airway muscles and open your airway. You may snort or gasp and continue trying to breathe. This can happen more than 100 times per hour each night.

    There are two types of sleep apnea:

    • Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when air cannot flow into or out of your nose or mouth. This is the most common type of sleep apnea.
    • Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain doesn't send the right signals to your breathing muscles.

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