Quick Facts about Sleep Apnea

  • Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.
  • You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly, and you feel tired even after a full night's sleep.
  • The main types of sleep apnea are:
    • 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.

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