What is sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a condition in which an individual has difficulty with breathing during sleep. The most common cause of the condition is the closing of the breathing airway due to excessive tissue in the throat, back of mouth or other region. Sleep apnea causes an individual to stop breathing for a very short period of time while they are sleeping. The brain realizes the lack of oxygen and wakes the person slightly enough to adjust their position. The direct result is a lack of quality sleep, which can lead to heart disease and other complications if left untreated.
- The most common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring.
- Those who have a large neck size are most likely to suffer from sleep apnea due to the excessive skin in this region of the body.