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.
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Tests used to diagnose sleep apnea include sleep tests and a nocturnal polysomnography
Devices like a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) can be used for treatment
Surgery is only recommended when a person does not respond to devices or appliances