Sleep apnea is a common problem where you experience pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Duration of breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They can occur 30 times or more per hour. Usually, normal breathing starts again, followed by a snort or choke sound.
Sleep Apnea is a chronic condition that causes disruption to your sleep, moving you from deep to light sleep. As a result, your sleep quality is poor, which causes fatigue and a loss of energy. Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime fatigue.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea can cause:
- Sleep-deprived partners – Loud snoring can keep those around you from getting good rest. It’s not uncommon for a partner to go to another room, or even on another floor of the house to sleep.
- Daytime fatigue
- Increased waist circumference
- Abnormal cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Liver problems
- Type 2 diabetes
- Abnormal heartbeats
- Atrial fibrillation
- Heart attack
- Sudden death
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