What is Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the partial or complete blockage of the upper airway. Soft tissue in the palate, throat, or tongue may block the flow of air resulting in a person struggling to breathe while asleep.
Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder, and the most dangerous. People who suffer from sleep apnea stop breathing dozens of times during sleep and may cease breathing for as much as 3/4 of the time that they are asleep. Each time breathing stops is defined as an apnea event.
An apnea event can be life threatening as it places stress on the heart and brain which increases the risk of stroke and/or cardiovascular disease. Sleep apnea will become more severe if left untreated.
Without treatment, Obstructive Sleep Apnea has been shown to contribute to:
- Fatigue and Daytime Sleepiness
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Attacks
- Erectile Dysfunction