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Questions About Sleep Apnea

People often have questions about the definition of sleep apnea, as well as the effects, diagnosis, and possible treatments of this condition. This article contains the answers to all of these questions about sleep apnea.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sleep Apnea

This article contains several questions and answers about sleep apnea.
(For more detailed information on this condition, see the full eMedTV article titled Sleep Apnea.)

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common breathing disorder in which your breathing periodically stops or gets very shallow for brief periods while you sleep.

What Does the Word "Apnea" Mean?

Apnea is a Greek word meaning "want of breath."

How Will My Doctor Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?

Your doctor will do a physical exam, ask you and your family about your sleep habits, and recommend a number of tests, including sleep recordings, to diagnose sleep apnea.

In Sleep Apnea, How Does Breathing Restart After Stopping During Sleep?

Your brain tells your throat and mouth muscles to open your airway. This will send air to your lungs. Breathing is often started with a loud snort or choking sound.

I Am Using Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) at Night and I Don't Like It. Can I Stop Wearing It?

It is important to continue to use CPAP. If you have problems with CPAP, talk to your sleep medicine specialist about making adjustments. CPAP keeps your airway open during sleep so that air can get into your lungs. The use of CPAP decreases sleep apnea symptoms and other medical problems associated with this condition.

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