Do you often find yourself feeling drowsy during the day despite thinking you’ve had a good night’s sleep? Do you snore loudly or wake up breathless in the middle of the night? Sleep apnea might be the hidden culprit.
According to the American Medical Association, about 30 million people in the United States have sleep apnea, but only 6 million are diagnosed with the condition.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition where your breathing intermittently pauses while you sleep, occurring as frequently as 20-30 times per hour. These interruptions in breathing trigger your brain to briefly wake you up, just enough to restore proper breathing and oxygen levels. Surprisingly, most individuals with sleep apnea do not recall these awakening moments, which makes identifying the issue challenging.
The repetitive cycle of waking up momentarily and falling back asleep disrupts the chances of reaching deep sleep, leaving you with a constant feeling of fatigue throughout the day.