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What is Sleep Apnea?

Updated: Nov 17, 2021

Sleep Apnea refers to cessation of breathing during sleep.

The word “apnea” is derived from Greek, which means “without breath”.

  • A person with sleep apnea stops breathing repeatedly while sleeping anywhere from 10 seconds to sometimes over a minute.

Due to inadequate oxygen supply, the brain and other organs may lack oxygen and some individuals may wake up during sleep. Although an individual may not recall waking up, sleep is disrupted temporarily. As a result, sleep deprivation and excessive daytime sleepiness can occur. Without sufficient quality sleep, excessive daytime fatigue will oocur and interfere with daytime tasks such as work, school and social interactions. People who have to operate heavy machineries or drive vehicles will also be a great risk of having serious accidents.

Normally you are having sleep-related problems, there are 3 types of Sleep Apnea:  

1. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

2. Central Sleep Apnoea

3. Mixed Sleep Apnoea

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