You’ve probably heard of Sleep Apnea, but what exactly is it?

Sleep Apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. The body is then deprived of oxygen. Left untreated, Sleep Apnea can result in a number of health problems including:

Heart Attacks, Weight Gain, Irregular Heartbeats, Diabetes, Heart Failure, Stroke, High Blood Pressure and many more.

There are two main types of Sleep Apnea:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – This is the most common. OSA 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 (CSA) – The airway is not blocked in this situation, but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe. This happens because of instability in the respiratory control center.

You might be thinking:

How do I know if I have Sleep Apnea? I think I may have it.

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