What is Sleep Apnea?
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Sleep Apnea explained in 1 minute
Sleep Apnea is an involuntary pause in breathing during sleep for at least 10 seconds. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common type, caused by an obstruction of the airways in the throat region (1,2) , it happens when the muscles relax during sleep.
Airflow is obstructed or reduced, causing vibrations that result in snoring during sleep and a drop in oxygen. The brain senses this lack of oxygen and responds with sudden, unconscious, short-lived “micro-awakenings” called resuscitative snoring to restore breathing. The repeated occurrence of frequent interruptions of breathing during the night breaks the sleep pattern, which ceases to be a restorative activity.
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- American Sleep Association (ASA) https://www.sleepassociation.org/about-sleep/what-is-sleep/
- Rules for Scoring Respiratory Events in Sleep: Update of the 2007 AASM Manual for Scoring of Sleep and Associated Events – Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, Vol. 8, No. 5, 2012 https://www.sleepassociation.org/about-sleep/what-is-sleep/