WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA?
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common reason for people to have brief pauses in breathing while they are asleep. Apnea means stops in breathing. The episodes usually last between 20 and 40 seconds and may happen many times during the night. When the sufferer falls asleep the muscles of their throat and upper airway become gradually more relaxed, making them temporarily close up. The passage of air is blocked and breathing stops. The patient's oxygen level in the blood dr