Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. These pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again.
Sleep apnea is very common and affects more than twelve million Americans. Risk factors include being male, overweight, and over the age of forty, but sleep apnea can occur with anyone at any age, even children.
Untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches. Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated. Come and see Dr. Tharp for a free consultation and talk about your treatment options.