Snoring may seem like an annoying inconvenience, but often it’s more than that. Snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, a condition that causes your breathing to stop intermittently while you sleep. As a result, you can experience severe fatigue and a host of serious medical issues. The condition is common, with an estimated 18 million suffering from it. Millions of children are also afflicted but their apnea often goes undiagnosed.
Two Types of Sleep Apnea:
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea. Obstructive apnea is caused by a blocked airway during sleep. Often this is caused when tissue in the back of the throat collapses and stops you from breathing properly.
Central sleep apnea stems from the brain’s failure to tell the muscles to breathe, causing your breathing to start and stop while you are asleep.