What is it? Sleep apnea is paused breathing during sleep, and snoring is the noise caused by vibrations in the airway during sleep. So, patients with Sleep apnea snore, but not all snorers have Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea snoring tends to have different characteristics than primary snoring — and more serious consequences. You may have sleep apnea if, while you sleep, you:
Snoring that’s not caused by sleep apnea — called primary snoring — can be caused by a number of things, including:
The causes of sleep apnea range from medical conditions to your anatomy — anything that blocks your airway while you sleep. Causes of sleep apnea include:
If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a number of health problems including hypertension, stroke, arrhythmias, cardiomyopathy (enlargement of the muscle tissue of the heart), heart failure, diabetes, obesity and heart attacks.
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