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Sleep Apnea – Causes & Impact

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder affecting children and adults world wide characterized by pauses in the breath during sleep. These episodes or apneas last long enough that one or two breaths are missed and may happen a few times or several hundred times per night. The cause of OSA is the collapse of the tissue in the back of the nose leading to an obstruction of the airway.

Symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, poor sleep (waking during the night) and daytime fatigue.

The word ‘apnea’ actually means ‘without breath’ and is a very serious condition which can lead to:

  • High blood pressure

  • Heart attack, heart disease or stroke

  • Obesity

  • Irregular heartbeat

  • Work-related or driving accidents through fatigue

It is recommended that you consult a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment if you suspect that you may be suffering from sleep apnea or any of the above conditions.