Sleep Apnea Information
If you have sleep apnea, your breathing stops or gets very shallow while you are sleeping. Each of these pauses will typically last between 10 seconds to a minute, and the pauses occur repeatedly throughout the night. People with sleep apnea will partially awaken as they struggle to breathe, but in the morning they will not be aware of the disturbances in their sleep. As a result of all the disrupted sleep throughout the night, many people with this condition are very sleepy throughout the day.
Some of the factors that increase your risk of sleep apnea include:
- Snoring loudly
- Having high blood pressure
- Being overweight
- Having a family history of sleep apnea.
(For more information, click Sleep Apnea. This article gives a more in-depth description of this condition, including details on whether it affects children.)