Dead Air: The Perils of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a common chronic disorder that causes a person to have one or more breathing pauses or shallow breaths during sleep. The breathing pauses can last from seconds up to minutes and can happen more than 30 times during an hour’s sleep. Breathing usually resumes after a loud snort or choking sound. This often causes a transition from deep sleep into light sleep resulting in the person having excessive daytime sleepiness.