What is Sleep Apnea?
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What is Sleep Apnea?

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Sleep apnea is a sleep-breathing disorder that alters your sleep patterns and metabolic processes by restricting oxygen flow to the brain and body. That means you stop breathing for periods of time while you sleep for at least 10 seconds at a time, five times per hour. That’s almost a minute each hour or 15% reduction. When left untreated, you are at an increased risk of serious health issues, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Risk of heart attack
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Weight gain
  • Brain and cognitive changes
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Risk of stroke
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Migraine and headaches
  • Diabetes
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety