Snoring & Sleep APNEA What are the EFFECTS?

How obstructive sleep apnea affects your breathing?

During normal sleep, the muscles that control the tongue and soft palate hold the airway open.

Normal and obstructed airway


In obstructive sleep apnea, your airway closes off completely. No air reaches your lungs. Your brain is telling you to breathe as usual, but you can’t take in a breath because your airway has closed off. This is called apnea. After a long pause, your brain realizes you haven’t been breathing, so it jolts you into taking in a big gasp of air and start breathing again. This cycle can continue up to hundreds of times throughout the night. This means you can’t get the restful sleep you need to be healthy.

Snoring & Sleep Apnea, what are the EFFECTS?