What is Sleep Apnea?
While there are three types of sleep apnea, OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) is, by far, the most common, with over 20 million people suffering from this serious sleep disorder each year. Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by the collapsing of the soft tissue in the airway; the collapsed airway causes you to gasp and choke while sleeping as you try to get air. People suffering from sleep apnea in Miami Beach may stop breathing for ten seconds or more per night, and the breathing cessations may occur hundreds of times each night.
Needless to say, this constant disruption to your breathing and sleeping can wreak havoc on your sleep and your general health. Snoring and sleep apnea are very closely linked, and it’s likely that if you snore very loudly, you have sleep apnea. It’s also likely that if you have sleep apnea, you will snore, probably loudly. However, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, and not everyone who has sleep apnea will snore.
What makes sleep apnea such a serious medical condition is that the continuous breathing cessations while sleeping may damage the systems of the body. Some of the medical conditions associated with sleep apnea include: