Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a chronic condition in which a person experiences shallow breathing and breathing pauses while sleeping. Breathing pauses can last for a few seconds up to minutes, and may occur 30 or more times in one hour. After a person begins breathing again after a pause, he or she may snort loudly. This snort is a major sign of sleep apnea.

Other signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring, dry mouth when waking up, morning headaches, sleep deprivation and daytime tiredness.

Visit the medical library to learn more about sleep apnea.

Doctor Make an appointment with a Sleep Medicine Specialist

Diagnosis Tests used to diagnose sleep apnea include sleep tests and a nocturnal polysomnography

Medical Kit Devices like a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) can be used for treatment

Surgery Surgery is only recommended when a person does not respond to devices or appliances

Understand the Basics


What is Sleep Apnea?

What is Sleep Apnea?

Read this article to learn more about the different types of sleep apnea and how it is diagnosed.

Tracking Sleep Apnea with a Portable Pulse Oximeter

Tracking Sleep Apnea with a Portable Pulse Oximeter

Using a pulse oximeter can help patients effectively track their sleep apnea and CPAP usage. Read on to learn more.

Vietnam Vet Discusses His Mental and Physical Struggles, Including Sleep Apnea

Vietnam Vet Discusses His Mental and Physical Struggles, Including Sleep Apnea

This veteran reached out to talk about his experience with PTSD and sleep apnea. This is his story.

Understand Causes


Sleep Apnea: What Are the Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment?

Sleep Apnea: What Are the Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment?

Most of the time, snoring is taken as a joke or something one might get embarrassed about. But in reality, it can often be a sign of a common sleeping disorder called sleep apnea. Read this article to know what causes sleep apnea, its symptoms, and treatment.

Tracking Sleep Apnea with a Portable Pulse Oximeter

Tracking Sleep Apnea with a Portable Pulse Oximeter

Using a pulse oximeter can help patients effectively track their sleep apnea and CPAP usage. Read on to learn more.

Vietnam Vet Discusses His Mental and Physical Struggles, Including Sleep Apnea

Vietnam Vet Discusses His Mental and Physical Struggles, Including Sleep Apnea

This veteran reached out to talk about his experience with PTSD and sleep apnea. This is his story.

Understand Treatment


Sleep Apnea: What Are the Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment?

Sleep Apnea: What Are the Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment?

Most of the time, snoring is taken as a joke or something one might get embarrassed about. But in reality, it can often be a sign of a common sleeping disorder called sleep apnea. Read this article to know what causes sleep apnea, its symptoms, and treatment.

Tracking Sleep Apnea with a Portable Pulse Oximeter

Tracking Sleep Apnea with a Portable Pulse Oximeter

Using a pulse oximeter can help patients effectively track their sleep apnea and CPAP usage. Read on to learn more.

Vietnam Vet Discusses His Mental and Physical Struggles, Including Sleep Apnea

Vietnam Vet Discusses His Mental and Physical Struggles, Including Sleep Apnea

This veteran reached out to talk about his experience with PTSD and sleep apnea. This is his story.