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Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

It is characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. These episodes, called apneas (without breath), each last long enough so one or more breaths are missed and occur repeatedly throughout sleep. There are two distinct forms of sleep apnea; Central and Obstructive. In Central Sleep Apnea, breathing is interrupted by the lack of effort while in Obstructive Sleep Apnea, breathing is interrupted by a physical block to airflow despite effort. Regardless of type, an individual affected with sleep apnea is rarely aware of having difficulty breathing, even upon awakening.