1. What is Sleep Apnea?

SLEEP APNEA is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when your breathing is interrupted during sleep.  The muscles of your airway collapses and obstructs your breathing.  Stop breathing will repeatedly occur during your sleep if left untreated.  Untreated sleep apnea may occur somethimes hundreds of times during your night.  Ultimately, this means the brain and the rest of or body, may not get enough oxygen.

OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA  is the more common form of apnea.  This is caused by blockage of your airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.

CENTRAL SLEEP APNEA is a form of apnea, when the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe, due to instability in the respiratory control centre.

Sleep Apnea can affect anyone at any age, even children.