According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 50-70 million Americans have a sleep related or wakefulness disorder. Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep. Untreated sleep apnea can cause health issues and other problems, such as work-related accidents, automobile crashes, and poor school performance in children and adolescents.
Sleep apnea causes uneven sleep patterns and low oxygen levels in the blood. As a result, people with sleep apnea are at a higher risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and mood disorders.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include: