What is obstructive sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when, during sleeping, your throat walls relax and/or your tongue flops back to block the upper section of the airway. This can lead to a temporary stopping of breathing, known as apnea. This can cause an interruption in sleep, as your breathing can stop for a period of a few seconds to about a minute. When your brain registers that you have stopped breathing, a wake-up signal is sent and you begin to breathe again. Apneas can occur many times through the night, often without you noticing, but causing you to feel tired the next day.
Author: Bow Tauro
First answered: 22 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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