Sleep Apnea

About Snoring - Understanding Sleep Apnea - Identification - Treatment

Understanding Sleep Apnea

Apnea is a Greek word that means "want of breath." A person is considered to be a sleep apnea sufferer when they stop breathing for at least 10 seconds up to thirty times or more a night.

Snoring may be indicative of sleep apnea, a cessation of breathing during sleep, which can put a great strain on the cardiovascular system. This is why sleep apnea, left untreated, increases risk of heart attack and stroke.

Besides snoring, other common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

morning headaches
dry mouth and throat
excessive daytime sleepiness
sudden short-of-breath awakenings, choking or gasping
lost interest in sex
low energy levels

A lack of sleep effects our waking lives and those around us.