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Sleep apnea (also known as sleep apnoea) is a condition where the pharyngeal muscles in the back and sides of your throat relax so much when you sleep that your breathing is blocked for a few moments. When this happens, your brain notices a lack of oxygen in your blood, wakes you up just enough for your conscious mind to tense the muscles and take a breath. Then you fall into a deeper sleep again and the cycle continues – usually without you even noticing.

Sleep Apnea explained in 1 min

Sleep Apnea is an involuntary pause in breathing during sleep for at least 10 seconds. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common type, caused by an obstruction of the airways in the throat region (1,2) and happens when the muscles relax during sleep. You can change the style as below.

Airflow is obstructed or reduced, causing vibrations that result in snoring during sleep and a drop in oxygen. The brain senses this lack of oxygen and responds with sudden, unconscious "micro-awakenings" that don't last long, called resuscitative snoring to restore breathing. The repeated occurrence of frequent interruptions of breathing during the night breaks the sleep pattern, which ceases to be a restorative activity.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) is a serious and very common sleep disorder that significantly affects quality of life and health.

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

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Health risks and consequences of sleep apnea

If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause several complications, mainly cardiovascular (10) and metabolic (11) in the long term.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause several complications, mainly cardiovascular (10) and metabolic (11) in the long term.

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and your heart

The combination of sleep disturbances and lack of oxygen can lead to the development or worsening of cardiovascular problems, such as (10, 11, 13) :

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Arrhythmia (heart rhythm disorder)
  • Cerebrovascular accident (stroke or stroke)
  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack) (14)
  • Heart failure (when the heart no longer pumps enough blood to meet the body's needs)  (15).

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and your heart

The combination of sleep disturbances and lack of oxygen can lead to the development or worsening of cardiovascular problems, such as (10, 11, 13) :

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Arrhythmia (heart rhythm disorder)
  • Cerebrovascular accident (stroke or stroke)
  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack) (14)
  • Heart failure (when the heart no longer pumps enough blood to meet the body's needs)  (15).

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Do you snore?

Loud and frequent snoring is one of the indicators of sleep apnea. But not all snorers have sleep apnea. Plus, sleep apnea is more than snoring!

We can help you assess your risk of suffering from sleep apnea.

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Sleep Apnea: Am I at Risk?

We may all have suffered from snoring, feel tired during the day… But could this be sleep apnea? 

It affects people of all ages, and 1% to 6% of the adult population worldwide (17) .

Some factors predispose people to develop this chronic and progressive disease: being male, being overweight, being over 50 years of age, having a wide neck, a thin nose, a small jaw, and having a family history of sleep apnea. sleep (18) . With this simple test, known as the Berlin Questionnaire , we can help you assess your risk of suffering from sleep apnea. 

Remember that the result of this test is not a diagnosis . Share the result with your doctor.

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