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Sleep Disorder Therapy

Sleep apnea is a dangerous and progressive sleep disorder (it gets worse as you age). Not only does sleep apnea result in sleep deprivation, but it also can threaten your life. This article discusses the symptoms of sleep apnea, causes, diagnosis, dangers, and treatments.

What is the difference between snoring and sleep apnea?

Snoring is a loud sound that a person makes as they breathe during sleep.

Sleep apnea is a true breathing obstruction, which requires the sleeper to awaken to begin breathing again. A person with sleep apnea wakes up many times a night to regain breathing, but usually remembers nothing at all about the awakenings. The sleep partner of a person with sleep apnea remembers a great deal about the awakenings and is generally a good witness of the incidents.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious health concern.


OSA is a common condition, affecting up to 10% of the population.

Rates of OSA are 2x-4x higher after age of 50.

Untreated sleep apnea can put you at increased risk of developing:

  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes

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