Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a common sleep disorder in which your breathing temporarily stops or decreases during sleep due to blockage of the upper airway. This causes brief arousals or awakenings. While most people with sleep apnea don’t remember these awakenings, they feel the effects in other ways, such as exhaustion during the day, irritability, depression, and decreased productivity. Sleep apnea is a serious, and potentially life-threatening, sleep disorder. If you suspect that you, a friend, colleague, or a loved one may have sleep apnea, it is recommended to see a doctor right away.

Common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud, chronic snoring
  • Frequent pauses, gasping, snorting or choking during sleep
  • Feeling unrefreshed after waking
  • Feeling sleepy during the day despite ample time in bed
  • Waking up with shortness of breath, chest pains, headaches, nasal congestion or a dry throat