Do you have trouble getting a full night of sleep? Have you been told that you snore? You could have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Those with OSA have airways that repeatedly collapse when throat muscles relax during sleep, blocking airflow. The disease causes snoring and choking or gasping during sleep. Because sleep is interrupted, people with OSA usually are sleepy during the day and sometimes feel irritable, forgetful, unable to concentrate, or less alert. Often people with OSA don’t know they have the disorder.
Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved in the healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.