Sleep apnea is breathing that stops during sleep. The problem
can be mild or severe, based on how often your lungs don't get enough air. Stopping
breathing 5 to 14 times an hour is mild sleep apnea, 15 to 29 times an hour is moderate,
and 30 or more times an hour is severe.
The two main types of sleep apnea are
obstructive sleep apnea, caused by blocked airways, and central sleep apnea, caused
by a problem with how the brain signals the breathing muscles.
Sleep apnea can
cause you to snore loudly. People with sleep apnea often have sleep problems and are
tired during the day. And they are more likely to have high blood pressure and some
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine &
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & E.
Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Hasmeena
Kathuria, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
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