The low-down on sleep apnea

A look into sleep apnea, what causes it and how you can treat it.

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Experts say you may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly, and you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep.

There are three main types, explained here by Mayo Clinic:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax.
  • Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.
  • Complex sleep apnea syndrome, also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

See a doctor if you think you could be suffering from sleep apnea. There is treatment and the good news is, treatment will ease your symptoms and prevent heart problems or any other complications.

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