What is

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is when your throat muscles temporarily relax. When this happens, your airway is narrowed or blocked during sleep, and breathing ceases momentarily. Because of this, your sleep becomes severely fragmented leaving you with insufficient quality of sleep. To gain control in your throat and to reopen the airway, you wake up. This may not be something you remember in the morning which is why you might be wondering why you are so fatigued. OSA plays a deleterious role on your overall health, including physiological and psychological distress.

Signs and symptoms:

Snoring

Witnessed apneas

Excessive daytime sleepiness

Nocturnal choking

Unrefreshed sleep

Obesity

Increased neck circumference

Receded chin

Malocclusion

Enlarged tonsils

Enlarged tongue

Nasal obstruction

Hypertension

Bruxism

Insomnia

Morning headaches

Impaired concentration

Impaired memory

Nocturia/nighttime urination

Impotence/erectile dysfunction

Anxiety and Depression

Esophageal reflux

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