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About the Sleep Apnea category


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The Greek word “apnea” literally means “without breath.” Sleep apnea is
an involuntary cessation of breathing that occurs while the patient is
asleep. There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and
mixed. Of the three, obstructive sleep apnea, often called OSA for
short, is the most common. Despite the difference in the root cause of
each type, in all three, people with untreated sleep apnea stop
breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times
during the night and often for a minute or longer. In most cases the
sleeper is unaware of these breath stoppages because they don’t trigger a
full awakening.