Obstructive Sleep Apnea

 

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep-disordered breathing. It occurs when the muscles of the upper airway partially or completely collapse during sleep, resulting in closing of the airway.

People with OSA may stop breathing 20 to 60 or more times a night

Signs include:

  • Snoring
  • Snorting
  • Gasping pauses in breathing
  • Choking

People with OSA may stop breathing 20 to 60 or more times a night, causing sleep deprivation and daytime sleepiness. This repeated struggle to breathe throughout the night causes blood oxygen levels to drop. This repeated stress on the heart, brain and other organs leads to serious negative health consequences.

An evaluation in a sleep center may improve your health and possibly save your life.