Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a persons breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night. Sleep apnea is a true breathing obstruction, which requires the sleeper to awaken to begin breathing again. The sleep partner of a person with sleep apnea remembers a great deal about the awakenings and is generally a good witness of the incidents.
So, if normal breath airflow is 70% to 100%, a sleep apnea is if you stop breathing completely, or take less than 25% of a normal breath (for a period that lasts 10 seconds or more).
Sleep apnea happens more often in people who are overweight, but even thin people can have it.

Sleep Apneas are usually measured during sleep (preferably in all stages of sleep) over a two-hour period. Untreated sleep apnea can increase the chance of having high blood pressure and even a heart attack or stroke. The Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP®) is a custom-made adjustable appliance that is worn while sleeping.
A person with sleep apnea wakes up many times a night to regain breathing, but usually remembers nothing at all about the awakenings.
An estimate of the severity of apnea is calculated by dividing the number of apneas by the number of hours of sleep, giving an apnea index (AI).
A hypopnea index (HI) can be calculated by dividing the number of hypopneas by the number of hours of sleep.

Untreated sleep apnea can also increase the risk of diabetes and the risk for work-related accidents and driving accidents.
In simplified terms, a sleep apnea occurs when a person stops breathing for 10 seconds or more.

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