What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is the most serious of the sleep disorders. It is surprisingly common – most common in men, and in women after menopause.
Symptoms of sleep apnea:
- Loud snoring
- Waking up gasping, choking, or coughing
- Stopping breathing during sleep (reported by an observer)
- Excessive daytime sleepiness, such as:
- Falling asleep at inappropriate times
- Auto crashes
- Workplace accidents
- Difficulty with concentration or memory
- Morning headaches
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In middle aged adults sleep apnea is as common and as harmful as other major diseases that cause heart disease: smoking, obesity, and diabetes.
Sleep Apnea Is Hard on the Heart.
Sleep apnea is especially harmful to the heart. Conversely, heart disease can interfere with sleep. The interaction between sleep and health is a two-way street.
Sleep apnea often is overlooked until it has affected a person’s health.