Sleep Disorders: Snoring/Sleep Apnea
Has anyone ever told you that you snore while sleeping? Do you feel tired all day? You may suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).OSA occurs when tissues of your upper airway (throat) collapse down and restrict or prevent you from breathing for extended periods of time while you sleep. This can happen hundreds of times a night for a person with sleep apnea. When the body stops breathing the oxygen levels in the blood decrease to a point that the brain realizes the danger and sends a signal to the body to do whatever it can to breath. This is often seen as taking a large gasp of air. The body rarely wakes up during these episodes of not breathing, and patients rarely know that this is occurring. The patient comes out of a deep sleep and goes into a lighter stage of sleep. The body is deprived of oxygen during these events, and is essentially being suffocated at night, every night.