Sleep Apnea

By: Riley Guy

What happens if you have Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea causes your airway to narrow or close off, reducing or stopping breathing for short periods during sleep. If your breathing stops, you may make grunting, gasping, or snorting sounds and restless body movements. As breathing resumes, loud snoring starts. This may happen many times during a night.

When you stop breathing, the oxygen levels in your blood go down and carbon dioxide levels go up. This makes your heart and blood vessels work harder and can affect your heart rate and nervous system. Sleep Apnea can be treated with a CPAP machine. A CPAP machine keeps your air circulating when you stop breathing in the middle of the night.