What is sleep apnea?
While snoring is something that “just” stops others from sleeping, sleep apnea - and its most common type called “obstructive sleep apnea” - can be really dangerous and can cause serious health issues.
In general, sleep apnea is characterized by “repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep, despite the effort to breathe, and is usually associated with a reduction in blood oxygen saturation”. This breathing disorders are caused by blocked upper airway and can last for few seconds up to few minutes. After this time, you will usually start to breath normally again.
Not just such pauses in breathing have big negative impact on your sleep quality, but if not treated properly, it can cause further health problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and even hearth attack.