More and more research shows the important of sleep for overall good health. Sleep apnea not only affects the quality and quantity of sleep, but is also associated with irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, daytime sleepiness, and increased risk of motor vehicle and work accidents.
There are two types of sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea is when the brain fails to send the appropriate signals to the muscles to initiate breathing. Obstructive sleep apnea is when air cannot flow into or out of the person’s nose or mouth because of some kind of blockage.
Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include loud snoring with repeated episodes of gasping or choking. Other signs may include: morning headaches; memory or learning problems; concentration problems; feeling irritable, depressed, or having mood swings or personality changes; or waking up frequently to urinate.Previous Page Last Review Date: January 5, 2018