A patient can experience periods of breathlessness up to 30 times a night.
When the patient’s airway collapses, they can experience long periods of breathlessness that can sometimes last up to 30 seconds. These periods can happen up to 30 times a night, which significantly decreases someone's quality of life. It is not uncommon for someone that suffers from sleep apnea to wake up multiple times every night, but, these brief moments are not registered in someone's memory. This is why they can experience a wide variety of symptoms throughout the day, which can include morning headaches, drowsiness, low performance at work, chronic fatigue, and increased risk of workplace accidents.