What is Sleep Apnea?
Did you know that sleep apnea affects more than 18 million Americans? It is just as common as type 2 diabetes. Apnea is the medical term for “to stop breathing.” Sleep apnea is an involuntary stopping of breathing while you are asleep. Untreated sleep apnea can cause you to stop breathing multiple times throughout the night. You are unlikely to be aware that this happening but may experience headaches, tiredness during the day and dry mouth when waking up. In addition, untreated sleep apnea can increase the risk of stroke, heart arrhythmias and heart attack.