Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain – and the rest of the body – may not get enough oxygen.

There are two types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): The more common of the two forms of apnea, it is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.
  • Central sleep apnea: Unlike OSA, the airway is not blocked, but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe, due to instability in the respiratory control center.

Take the sleep apnea quiz:

  1. Do you snore?
  2. Are you excessively tired during the day?
  3. Have you been told you stop breathing during sleep?
  4. Do you have high blood pressure?
  5. Is your neck size greater than 16″ (female) 17″ (male)?
  6. Do you have large tonsils, a large tongue or a small jawbone?