This can occur hundreds of times each night! The resulting LACK OF OXYGEN can heighten your risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, and other heart conditions. Plus, it can accelerate the aging process, compromise your safety, health, and overall quality of life.
As airflow stops during a sleep apnea episode, the oxygen level in your blood drops.
Your brain responds by briefly disrupting your sleep, which often resumes with a gasp or a choking sound.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea, you probably won’t remember these awakenings. Most of the time, you’ll stir just enough to tighten your throat muscles and open your windpipe.
In central sleep apnea, you may be conscious of your awakenings.
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