What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder characterized by interruptions in breathing during sleep. These interruptions, known as apneas, can last for several seconds and occur multiple times throughout the night. Sleep apnea can lead to fragmented and poor-quality sleep, fatiguing individuals during the day. There are two primary types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea (CSA). OSA occurs when the throat muscles relax and obstruct the airway, while CSA is caused by a lack of proper signals from the brain to the muscles that control breathing. Sleep apnea can have severe consequences for overall health if left untreated, including an increased risk of cardiovascular issues, diabetes, and daytime fatigue.
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