Sleep Apnea

What is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious breathing problem that fragments your sleep and can lead to dangerous health outcomes, including heart attack and stroke. OSA means you have pauses in your breathing when you sleep caused by an obstruction in your upper airway. These breathing pauses (called apneas) can last an average of 10-30 seconds but may last even longer. People with OSA can stop breathing dozens or hundreds of times each night. OSA stops you from having the restful sleep you need to stay healthy. It interrupts your normal pattern of sleep stages, causes fluctuations in blood pressure and heart rate, and can cause acid reflux. If it’s not treated, sleep apnea can lead to major health problems, accidents, cardiovascular disease, and early death. Thankfully, there is an excellent treatment for OSA which is considered to be the gold standard CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy.