What Sleep Apnea Means

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a life-threatening disorder that can be linked to congestive heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, depression, diabetes, excessive fatigue memory loss, and erectile dysfunction among other things.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep.

Some of the symptoms of OSA is extremely loud snoring, obesity, persistent daytime sleepiness, bouts of awakening out of breath during the night, and frequently waking in the morning with a dry mouth or a headache.

The Greek word “apnea” literally means “without breath”. This condition causes you to involuntarily stop breathing while asleep. When this occurs, your body automatically jump starts itself to force you to breath again. This can occur hundreds of times a night which can lead to the various medical symptoms previously noted.