Sleep Apnea

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Sleep Apnea
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
throat muscles relax and enough air cannot flow
into the lungs through the mouth and nose
Central Sleep Apnea
occurs when the brain does not send correct
signals to the muscles that control breathing
Common Types
of Sleep Apnea
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. These episodes usually last 10 seconds or more and occur repeatedly throughout the night. People with sleep apnea will partially awaken as they struggle to breathe, but in the morning they will not be aware of the disturbances in their sleep.
Most people with sleep apnea will have a combination of both types