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What is meant by sleep apnea? And the symptoms?

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Dr. Russell Lieblick
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
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In brief: Reduced breathing

Sleep apnea is when you stop breathing while you are asleep.
This results in waking up at night many times over and/or having reduced blood oxygen levels. The primary symptom is sleepiness called "excessive daytime somnolence." you can take a simple questionairre here: http://www.Umm.Edu/sleep/epworth_sleep.Htm if you believe that you have sleep apnea, see a sleep specialist right away.

In brief: Reduced breathing

Sleep apnea is when you stop breathing while you are asleep.
This results in waking up at night many times over and/or having reduced blood oxygen levels. The primary symptom is sleepiness called "excessive daytime somnolence." you can take a simple questionairre here: http://www.Umm.Edu/sleep/epworth_sleep.Htm if you believe that you have sleep apnea, see a sleep specialist right away.
Dr. Russell Lieblick
Dr. Russell Lieblick
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Dr. David Drewitz
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Stop breathing...

Sleep apnea refers to the cessation of breathing during sleep.
When this happens oxygen saturation in the blood goes down and eventually breathing resumes. This results in interrupted sleep and feeling tired throughout the day. More concerning however is the increased risk of pulmonary hypertension which can be fatal. Obesity is a risk factor for this potentially lethal disorder.

In brief: Stop breathing...

Sleep apnea refers to the cessation of breathing during sleep.
When this happens oxygen saturation in the blood goes down and eventually breathing resumes. This results in interrupted sleep and feeling tired throughout the day. More concerning however is the increased risk of pulmonary hypertension which can be fatal. Obesity is a risk factor for this potentially lethal disorder.
Dr. David Drewitz
Dr. David Drewitz
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