What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a disorder that interrupts your breathing repeatedly while you sleep. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax while you sleep, which blocks the airway and causes shortness of breath.
Throughout the night, your brain repeatedly sends out a signal to wake you up in order to recover oxygen. This causes fatigue, headaches, and irritation the following morning. Sleep apnea may cause even more serious side effects like stroke, heart and liver problems, and even death.