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What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects breathing during sleep. It occurs when a person’s airway becomes partially or completely blocked, leading to pauses in breathing or shallow breaths. These interruptions can happen multiple times throughout the night, disrupting the normal sleep cycle and causing various symptoms.

People with sleep apnea often experience excessive daytime sleepiness, loud snoring, and frequent awakenings during the night. They may also wake up with a dry mouth or headache. Sleep apnea can have serious health consequences if left untreated, including an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

If you suspect you or someone you know may have sleep apnea, it is important to consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment options. Treatment may involve lifestyle changes, such as weight loss or sleeping in a different position, as well as the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine or other devices to help keep the airway open during sleep. Managing sleep apnea can greatly improve sleep quality and overall well-being.

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