Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a snort or choking sound. Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that may disrupt your sleep. You often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep when your breathing pauses or becomes shallow (hypopnea). This results in poor sleep quality that makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnea is one of the leading causes of excessive daytime sleepiness which leads to motor vehicle and work related accidents. Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed. Most people who have sleep apnea don't know they have it because it only occurs during sleep. A family member and/or bed partner may first notice the signs of sleep apnea.
Untreated sleep apnea can:
If you suspect that you may have sleep apnea, we would be happy to evaluate your condition and discuss treatment options. Call today for your complimentary sleep health evaluation.