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Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea is generally associated with snoring, though common among the American population, is a chronic sleep disorder that is accompanied by brief periods of breathing interruption. Two types of sleep apnea affect the sleeping state. Obstructive sleep apnea is directed toward the general populous. However, central sleep apnea is an advanced condition that impairs the breathing control center and may cause a potentially life-threatening emergency if the airway is compromised during the normal sleep cycle. Doctors at Florida Hospital are highly skilled to assess a sleep disorder, can determine whether sleep apnea is affecting an individual, and will explain what treatment options may be available to improve breathing while sleeping. Our techniques have helped many sleep apnea sufferers restore their normal sleeping patterns to promote the best quality of sleep. If sleep apnea causes a sudden respiratory issue, dial 9-1-1 immediately.

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Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that disrupts the normal sleep cycle by causing brief breathing interruptions, shallow breathing and/or longer delays of breathing. It depends on the type of sleep apnea, which can identify the breathing concerns that may occur while sleeping. Though sleep apnea occurs in all age groups and both genders, men are more prone to experience the sleep disorder. Sleep apnea may go undiagnosed in women and young African-Americans. However, additional research is needed to validate gender and ethnic background risks. It is estimated that 18 million Americans have sleep apnea.

Early detection and treatment of sleep apnea is highly recommended, as the sleep disorder may be connected with:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Increased risk of motor vehicle accidents

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