Sleep Apnea

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It is thought that there are approximately 22 million diagnosed cases of Sleep Apnea in the United States alone. The amount of diagnosed cases continues to increase on an almost daily basis. To get more accurate worldwide statistics regarding Sleep Apnea however is more challenging, as there are still many undiagnosed or misdiagnosed cases. 

What is Sleep Apnea? Sleep Apnea is a medical disorder, which affects a person’s ability to breathe properly while sleeping. 
The word ‘Apnea’ derives from Ancient Greek, simply meaning ‘The want of breath’. It is considered to be a chronic health problem as well as a progressive health condition that worsens if it remains undiagnosed and untreated, which is often the case.

Sleep Apnea can be described as cessations of breathing during sleep that range in duration from a minimum of ten seconds upwards. In some cases severe Sleep Apnea episodes can even last longer than one minute. It is believed that a person who has a serious case of Sleep Apnea can endure as many as 400 cessations per night. 

When a person who suffers from this prevalent sleeping disorder stops breathing in their sleep, the brain partially awakens them in order to force the body to breathe again. This can happen numerous times within a short period, and when it does, the quality of sleep is affected, which can also lead to other medical problems and complications.