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Types of Sleep Disorders:

Sleep Apnea


Sleep Apnea
Information from “No Sleep with Apnea" (Ch. 7) in Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day by Dr. Robert Rosenberg

Sleep apnea is a chronic sleep condition in which the sleeping person repeatedly stops and starts breathing. Most sleeping partners might call the first symptom of apnea the loud snoring that keeps them awake. However, the silence of suspended breathing would be a more telling symptom of apnea. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, but those who do are at risk not only for diminished quality of life, but also for life-threatening conditions including stroke, heart attack, and diabetes.

sleep apnea symptoms Symptoms
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • loud snoring
  • sudden stops in breathing
  • shallow breathing
  • a choking or snorting sound whenever the person awakens
  • urinating several times throughout the night
  • daytime symptoms such as sleepiness, fogginess, forgetfulness, depression, or anxiety

sleep apnea dangers Dangers of Sleep Apnea
It is very important to diagnose and treat this disorder. The health risks of untreated sleep apnea are substantial. A recent study showed that if untreated, people with severe sleep apnea were 25% more likely to die over a 10-year period than those who did not have the disease.

Untreated sleep apnea not only causes health problems such as heart attack, stroke, and emotional disorders, but it can also cause car crashes and other similar accidents that can harm you or the people around you.

sleep apnea treatments Treatments
Sleep apnea is treatable, with good results. It’s been reported that treating sleep apnea resulted in a 52% drop in motor vehicle accidents, a 49% decrease in heart attacks, and a 31% decrease in stroke in those with moderate to severe disease over a 10-year period.

The most commonly prescribed treatment is the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. This machine pushes a constant stream of air through a mask that keeps the throat and airway open. Other breathing devices may be prescribed instead of the CPAP machine, and surgery or weight loss are additional treatment options in some cases.



Sleep Soundly Every Night by Dr. Robert Rosenberg

Learn More

If you are concerned that you may have sleep apnea, talk to your doctor.

To learn more about sleep apnea and other disorders that might be disrupting your sleep, order Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day by specialist Dr. Robert Rosenberg.

You can also learn more by reading Dr. Rosenberg’s articles:

Sleep Apnea

General Sleep Hygiene





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