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A Sleep Apnea Survivor's Guide

A Sleep Apnea Survivor's Guide

Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder that affects as many as twenty-two million in the United States alone. These case range from the mild to severely obstructed with about eighty percent falling well into the moderate to severe category. It’s a disorder characterized by sleep interruptions that can be anywhere from five to fifty a night. They mostly include a blockage of the airways that can happen when the muscles of the throat and the tongue relax when a person sleeps at night. Overly large tonsils that press down on the airway and narrow it when you lay down at night also causes sleep apnea. It’s most commonly caused by sleeping on the back, having alcohol or certain medicines before bed, and most commonly if someone is overweight.