Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly, and you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep.
Listed below are several forms of sleep apnea:
1. Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax.
2. Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.
3. Complex sleep apnea syndrome, also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
Symptoms of sleep apnea could include: loud snoring, episodes of breathing cessation during sleep witnessed by another person, abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath, awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat, morning headache, insomnia, excessive daytime sleepiness, attention problems, or irritability.