What is Sleep Apnea?
If the airspace closes completely the sound of snoring stops. This is dangerous because there is no oxygen going to the lungs! A sensor in the brain alerts the body that it is suffocating and it releases adrenaline. When the adrenaline reaches the heart, it causes an arousal, resulting in a momentary movement to clear the airway.
- Pauses in breathing while sleeping
- Daytime sleepiness especially when not involved in physical activity
- Loss of memory
- Waking up not feeling rested
- Waking up repeatedly during the night
- Elevated blood pressure
- Becoming drowsy when driving or riding in a vehicle
- History of heart attack or stroke
- Grinding or clenching teeth