Sleep Apnea

Over 18 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that causes an individual’s breathing to be briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep.

 

“Apnea” refers to the pause in breathing that occurs during sleep that can last at least 10 seconds. Repeated apnea episodes cause patients suffering from the disorder to constantly wake from deep sleep throughout the night. While it’s not uncommon for most sleep apnea patients to have no recollection of waking, the inability to receive REM sleep causes sleep deprivation. As a result, patients experience a variety of symptoms that include daytime drowsiness, depression, irritability, short-term memory loss, and trouble concentrating. When left untreated, sleep apnea can cause:

 

  • Sleeplessness
  • Excessive daytime fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Chronic depression